Nike Savvas is one of Australia’s greatest exports. As an artist she has a distinctive transformational practice and works specifically to a site, producing incredibly inspiring, engaging and nuanced work that is tailored to a site or context. In Australia, she is instantly recognised in her ability to produce a wide range of thematic or motive responses in audiences, such as joy, wonder and fun. She has a layered practice including a critical engagement with art theory and academia through her teaching experience, a strongly developed capacity to design work for the public realm, and an excellent national and international solo and group exhibition history at key institutions. She has been written about widely and regularly contributes to public discourse through public programs and symposia.
Much of Savvas’ work has consisted of largescale installations that ‘translate’ painting into three dimensions and popular culture into high art. Her minimalistic installations utilise repetition of simplistic forms often in the thousands, creating order within an apparent scattered chaos of separate elements. Breaking down the boundaries of high art, Savvas aims to create works that a playful and accessible by all, with her works open to drawing a multiplicity of meanings from each viewer’s interpretation.
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