Nicci Olivier is a professional South African artist residing in Bryanston, Johannesburg. She obtained her BA ( Fine Art ) degree at Potchefstroom University, majoring in Painting and Art History.
From 1987 - 2003 she taught art to children and adults, and held a number of workshops.
Nicci has participated in over 30 group exhibitions in South Africa and the UK. She has held 6 solo exhibitions in SA and UK.
From 1999 - 2000 Nicci lived in the UK working and regularly exhibiting as an artist. During this time she was selected to tutor Art in Menorca, and had a Monoprint selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.
In 1997 De Beers Diamond Mine in Kimberley purchased a number of her paintings for their Ladies Executive Suite. Nicci was also commissioned to do over 50 paintings for an NGO Guest House and Conference Centre in 2004.
Nicci has completed numerous portrait, landscape, figure study, still life and sculpture commissions for clients and corporates in SA, UK, USA, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia and Japan.
Journeys : Spirals, landmarks, stories.
Journeys are part of piecing the puzzle of life together, and are integral to the story cycle. Within this journey is my story / your story / our story. Things that are so different and often so the same. We need to tell stories because we need to keep remembering. All we have and ever will have are stories and memories.
Since the beginning of time, land and sea have played an intrinsic part of journeys. Being rooted or anchored for a lifetime or a season, then moving on again. We live in the land, and the land lives in us. Land and sea are our sources of life. The land, sea, human figure and my travels are themes which constantly emerge in Nicci's work.
To tell these stories visually she explores ancient symbols and traditions versus new symbols and trends. The past always affects the future. Tradition is replaced by trend. We have access to almost any story we want to hear or see via the media. Trends show how stories change, yet in essence, the needs of humanity or the human condition remains the same.
Nicci has extensively used the land as a canvas, ( land art ), and photographically documented these land interventions before the land absorbed them back. Sea shells are a metaphor for the journey of life, a transcontinental odyssey. She abstracts these shell forms into intimate sculptures made from cement to form a dialogue with the land.
Spirals can be detected in all her work. The Spiral is an ancient symbol of returning home.
The Spiral signifies life's return upon itself, the journey that takes us back to places, faces and patterns that are similar yet never the same. They serve as wonderful reminders to rediscover our essence in all that life brings. Therefore, a spiral is a circle that continuously repeats itself on a higher level. The spiral represents the continuous growth of the spirit, the hearts inward transformation, the alchemy of the deepest well of one's being. The spiral represents the essential journey of all conscious life, the fullest flowing of one's nature, and the journey towards the deepest truth of existence.