Nic Acaster Artist All recent work including, C.A.S.T. the 'Folding Whale' and 'Boats & Bones' have been made from the timbers and metals taken from a 30ft Hastings and Rye fishing boat, ''Rosie Haze,'' RX320, (photo opposite) which Nic bought and decommissioned in 2016.
2020-Present. From her studio near Lewes, E. Sussex, Nic is currently working on a collection of sea birds made from these timbers to cast out of the bronze propeller shaft and fixings from 'RX320'. She will be sand casting this work at the Harling foundry, Hastings, E. Sussex. Nic's artwork is expressive and emotive, based on her own experiences and the environment around her, in particular the geographical connection with Romney Marsh and the nature reserve near her (2017-2020) studio, Moon Marina, Rye harbour, E. Sussex. Nic's Father was a boat builder and the materials, structures and precision of his craft runs through and directs her as an artist.
In 1994-2015 whilst living in Brighton Nic became interested in collecting driftwood and found objects. It soon developed into a business and she leased a disused fisherman’s arch on Brighton seafront and started her own studio/gallery. Here she became a founder member of the Brighton Artist Quarter. During this time, she worked with and influenced the development of Brighton’s Wood Re-cycling Centre and in 2001 exhibited through open houses during the Brighton festival. Nic's practice has always been driven by sustainable ethics and a natural affinity with repurposing wooden structures, especially boats.
Being part of Artwave this year has been a great opportunity for me to feel part of the wider community and once again engage with other artist and customers. I welcome you to my studio at Willets farm, which is connected to Farley house the home of Lee Miller (WW2 photographer and Vogue model). The Farley house, gallery and sculpture garden are open to visit and I highly recommend the experience.
All work for sale at my studio has been made from a Hastings and Rye fishing boat called ''Rosie Haze RX320'' repurposing the wooden planking, copper nails, bronze and oak ribs into relief Sculptures of sea birds to include, Herring gulls, Oystercatchers and Cormorants. Also available are, a collection of framed working drawings of the birds, a booklet out lining this art project and postcards of some recent work. I look forward to meeting with you and happy to answer any questions about my work or talk through commissioning artwork.
Weather permitting, some sculptures will be displayed outside to allow the audience to view at a safe Covid distance. Please be mindful when visiting and parking your car or bike that the entrance track is used by farm machinery.