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Emily Nicol

Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney

Artwork title
And in the quiet I sat and thought
HSC year
2007
ARTEXPRESS year
2008
Expressive form
Photography
Artist’s statement

In my work I explored the idea of what a person thinks about and looks at when they’re left by themselves for a time. In our society, we are constantly bombarded by messages from the media, politics, each other… but what happens when you take that influence away for a while? You can begin to form your own thoughts and ideas, free from such influence. I was led to look at this concept through extensive experimentation with, and exploration of, the pinhole camera, soon realising that I as the artist was shutting myself away and cutting myself off from the rest of the world, often for hours at a time. The quiet and still nature of many of my pinholes reflects the environment I often choose to place myself in, as well as my preferred state of mind – peaceful, reflective, calm.