Nicole Coson is a Filipino artist currently living and working in London. Born into the third generation of Chinese migrants to the Philippines, she is someone who has thrived in a nomadic state between nations all her life. She questions through her practice the importance of exhibiting a definitive and authentic cultural identity in a world where cultures do not only clash, but also have the ability to overlap.
Her work revolves around the analogy of the ghost: a loose and phantom form that, though beyond our grasp, invades our tactile and physical world. The suggestion of movement—or rather, of momentum— is integral to her work. The singular impression of the monotype printmaking process captures the blur of fleeting signals in stasis, leaving behind a flurry of figures that appear almost recognisably and residually human in both her figurative and non-figurative works. Human-like yet alien, present yet spectral, for the viewer, these images might call to mind the unsettled nervousness of Sigmund Freud’s concept of The Uncanny. In her work, she seeks the contemplation of something caught mid-flight, captured for a brief moment in time when these forms become strangely perceptible but whose physical make-up and origin are impenetrable.
After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins with a first class honours degree honours in July 2014, Nicole Coson had two solo exhibitions in Manila, as well as one in Rome and in London. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Finale Art File Gallery in Manila in April 2016 and Display Gallery in London in June 2016.
Jeppe Ugelvig is a London-based freelance journalist who writes about art, lifestyle and culture across a variety of magazines.
This event has been organised in collaboration with Display Gallery which represents Nicole Coson.