In this, our second episode of the season, we patch in abstract artist Nicola Bennet from her studio in New Zealand. Nicola’s art practice is fed by food. For Nicola it all begins in the kitchen where she gets to know an ingredient – like ripe apricots, black truffles, or feijoas – then she cooks with the ingredient, tastes it, inhales it, perhaps squishes it in her hands until a connection is made. Then, she heads into her studio and begins the process of creating a painting, usually as big as Nicola, inspired by what’s on the plate. We explore this process, how it came to be, how her senses inform each painting, and how Nicola knows when the work ‘tastes just right.’ This episode is a sensory explosion, a trip to a home by a waterfall, it’s a riot of colour, of flavour, and a chat with a friend. You can listen here.
We discuss –
- This gorgeous image – Nicola colour matches directly on her ‘subjects’
- Sandra Brownlee
- Reference to Daily Routines by the Manson Podcasting Network