Nick Smith, Searching for something, 2015, HD video: single channel, 5 mins (looped), mild steel, pin board, tyre tracks, printed paper, graphite on engineers tracing paper, Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

She wrote that her heart skipped a beat and so did mine; a momentary pause in order to recognise a body that we have both been searching for.

The immediacy of the moment is keyed to the potentiality of what could arise; a revealing of what does not yet exist.

But my fingers only fumble with your amorphousness; an almost immobile air that grazes at my fingertips.

Then one foot ineluctably slides ahead of the other, sifting through images that have been written into being.

The centrifugal spin slows and morphs into that of a millstone.

Nick Smith, Searching for something, 2015, HD video: single channel, 5 mins (looped), mild steel, pin board, tyre tracks, printed paper, graphite on engineers tracing paper, Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Nick Smith, Searching for something, 2015, HD video: single channel, 5 mins (looped), mild steel, pin board, tyre tracks, printed paper, graphite on engineers tracing paper, Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Nick Smith, Searching for something, 2015, HD video: single channel, 5 mins (looped), mild steel, pin board, tyre tracks, printed paper, graphite on engineers tracing paper, Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Nicholas Smith’s practice critically engages with the elusive nature of attraction and desire – between people – between people and animals – and between people and objects. It has come to centre particularly on instances of silence, explored as either a symbol of an irreproachable gap between two subjects or as a sign of mutual understanding. His work often uses performance, film, audio and sculptural elements to articulate chance personal encounters that feed into his ongoing historical research. Most recently, pieces have emerged out of an investigation into the recent sighting of a rare parrot and his own search for this bird.

Nicholas Smith is an emerging visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours at MADA in 2013. Smith’s recent projects include A Platonic Relationship, curated by Shena Jaimison and Pippa Milne at SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Night Parrot, Trink Tank, Melbourne, 2014; A Platonic Relationship, MADA Now 2013 Graduand Exhibition, Melbourne, 2013; The Young Adult is Full of Biology – Honours Dialogue Series (#5 in a series of 5), Nicholas Smith interviewed by Jennifer Broadhurst and Tom Nicholson, self-published, 2013.

http://smithnicholas.com