Born 1967 Adelaide, South Australia. Lives and works Adelaide.
Michelle Nikou is a sculptor who uses a wide range of materials including lead, bronze, resin and ceramics. Her work conveys universal themes with a candid, wry sense of humour and an unconventional aesthetic. Preferring manual techniques to a more industrial approach, Nikou uses traditional processes of metal casting in materials such as lead, bronze, tin and aluminium. Yet unlike the traditional pour/cut/polish method of much sculptural work, Nikou’s casting process is left evident along with much of the plaster.
Nikou’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition, Vacancy, at Contemporary Food Lab Exhibition Space, Berlin (2014). Her group shows include Return Threshold, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide (2014); Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2013); Volume One: MCA Collection, MCA, Sydney (2012); Before and After Science: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); Uneasy – Recent South Australian Art, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2008); Imagine … the creativity shaping our culture, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2006); 2004: Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2004); MCA Unpacked, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney (2004); and Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2003).
Nikou’s work is held in numerous collections including the University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Clo Fleiss Collection, Paris; Gigi Josef Fainas Collection, Geneva; Artbank, Sydney; and private collections in Australia.
A monograph of her work by Ken Bolton was published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide in 2006.