About the Artist
Nicole Coson (b. 1992, Manila) is a Filipino artist based in London. She holds an MFA in Painting from the Royal College of Art London. Working in printmaking, video, and sculpture, Coson’s work explores the process of image-making as it pertains to personal memory, history, and material culture. Coson’s printed canvases oscillate delicately between surface and depth: by integrating symbolically-loaded found objects into the etching press, concrete material culture transforms into analog, indexical images through their negative imprint. This imagistic oscillation between pattern, image, and object is embraced by Coson to tell stories of family, society, and coloniality, but never in straight-forward ways: rather, the artist is deeply committed to the aesthetic politics of opacity and by extension, privacy, secrecy, and intimacy. Rather than alluding to a hidden meaning behind her barrier motifs (camouflage patterns, window blinds, woven baskets, food crates), Coson invites us to study them as such—barriers—and the critical potential of visual obfuscation.
Nicole Coson traces her history using a vessel of commerce: a transport crate, an object of utility common in Philippine trade. Coson prints with these crates, transforming them from a means to an end to an end in itself. Forming labyrinthian networks, these traces become circuitry burnt into canvas. Coson’s art speaks to the rich country of the Philippines while simultaneously holding a mirror to the now: the imprints of the past forming outlines of the present.