Namibian artist Nicky Marais uses a vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships that originate primarily from the Namibian landscape, and the socio-political history of the Namibian people.
Through the layered use of flattened symbolic images, she transforms the patterns inherent in natural landforms, pathways, rural and urban settlements, traditional and contemporary artefacts, into new compositions. Much of the inspiration for these artworks comes from ancient rock paintings and petroglyphs of the Namib desert, which describe and depict the relationships between people and their spirit worlds, and pathways between those groups, animals and water.
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Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
Marais has exhibited in Namibia, South Africa and internationally. She is currently the Head of Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Arts, where she has been at the forefront of securing accreditation for the College as well as writing course materials and sitting on the Curriculum Development Committee. She is also the founder of V-AN (Visual Artists Namibia). In 2017, The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) hosted a solo exhibition by Marais, Presence in Absence.