I am trying to readjust my life, my consumption and artistic production to take account of the issues we face. It is not just a question of content of the work, so for example I have eliminated oil painting as it generated too much toxic waste – as well as the cost and travel required for film and photographic projects. Even with watercolor, my chosen medium – it is necessary to eliminate heavy metals like cadmium which would otherwise get into a nearby watercourses. If this is sounding a bit worthy – there are also gains to be made from an aesthetic reset. I am exploring a sort of expressionist minimalism with watercolor, as I attempt to find a language capable of addressing the complexities of water, the environment, the Covid-19 epidemic – and the present.
Nick May is an artist working in various media – currently concentrating on work on paper. He studied Sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art and Film Direction at The National Film & Television School.
Solo exhibitions include:
Till the Cows Come Home, Film and Photography by Nick May, Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle 2006;
FOODCHAIN, Film and Photography by Nick May, LIGHT HOUSE, Wolverhampton 2009 (Photography nominated for Prix Pictet);
FOODCHAIN, Film and Photography by Nick May, Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2011).