Nikky Morgan-Smith

The Darker Garden

September 6 - October 1 2019

Nikky Morgan-Smith  Mele Falls, Looking at The Moon, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Raru Falls, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Blue Lagoon, Thalassophobia, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Ocean Garden, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Madame Bastien’s Garden, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Blue Lagoon with Fire Flower, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  What I Thought A Palm Tree Looked Like, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Near Shore, Tracking Roots, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Falling Star in Pango, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Root Tracks, Family Tree, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Traveller Palm, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  The Window at Madame Bastien’s House, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Shore Orchid, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Root Track, Family Tree 2, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Meteor Shower Over Pango, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Looking at Pango From the Boat, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Gemini Sky, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Hideaway Island, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Ginger Flower, Resident Tide, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Ginger Flower, Double Tide, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Ginger Flower, Ghost Tide, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Ghost Orchid, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Far Shore, 2019 Artwork
Nikky Morgan-Smith Solonge’s Bananas by Day, 2019  Acrylic, oil crayon on plywood panel
Nikky Morgan-Smith Solonge’s Bananas by Night, 2019  Acrylic, oil crayon on ply wood panel
Nikky Morgan-Smith  Gemini Sky 2,
Nikky Morgan-Smith High Tide, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith Red Dirt Road, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith Gemini Sky, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith Ginger Flower in Blue, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith Ginger Flower, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith Into the Night, 2019  Glazed ceramic
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019
Nikky Morgan-Smith The Darker Garden Installation View ​2019

The Darker Garden is the result of an artist’s residency Nikky Morgan-Smith attended in Vanuatu at the Suzanne Bastien Foundation in April / May 2019.

As a search for identity through time, place and mark making; this body of work is a fluid and floating response to an experience of heritage, history, and landscape, both personal and communal or collective. 

The works mark a shift in Nikky’s practice; on the one hand toward landscape as a subject of depiction, and on the other, toward a more raw, open gestural mark making as an object of language or experience itself.

"The ambiguous space between the two worlds of my past and present; two paradigms of visual language colliding in representation and abstract gesture, and experiences of self and place, are all infused by the memories and raw material I gathered in Vanuatu". 

The places, plants and creatures Nikky visited during the residency all continue to occupy and inform this work in their own sometimes subtle ways. The struggle to resolve these levels of experience into an honest account as an act of language represents the context for this body of work.