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Michelle Nikou

Hanging glow bulb 2009

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds donated by the Coe and Mordant families, 2009

resin, pigment

H 83 W 11.2 D 1cm
H 15 W 6 D 6cm
H 4 Diam 6.4cm

About the Artwork

Michelle Nikou’s practice has focused on the incorporation and recasting of everyday objects. Hanging glow bulb – like its companion piece Open (2009) – is made from a dense resin material laced with glow-in-the-dark pigment, a substance that absorbs light and then, when immersed in darkness, radiates a greenish colour. The after-glow lasts for about 5 minutes before fading.

Hanging glow bulb both represents light and is transformed by it. Within the installation a light source, set at a cycle of 5 minutes on/ 5 minutes off, floods the room with sudden brightness then plunges it into darkness. Forced to adapt to the change, viewers see first a dead globe, then its double – a strange glowing apparition suspended in the room.

Artist Statement

Hanging glow bulb was made with the intention to investigate both optimism and confidence – it simply plays with notions of dark/light and fear/innocence. The shaping of the cord suggests a utilitarian movement of light to where it is needed, and though the work is static, this shape provides a sense of calm flow…

Hanging glow bulb was made with the intention to investigate both optimism and confidence – it simply plays with notions of dark/light and fear/innocence.

Michelle Nikou, 2010

Michelle Nikou

– About the artist

b.1967

Born 1967 Adelaide, South Australia. Lives and works Adelaide.

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