nicola farquhar: Listening, twitching

Nicola Farquhar makes paintings and drawings that examine what it is to be human in a time of ecological crisis. A convergence of vibrant colours and fluid geometric forms result in a new series of paintings that almost vibrate with organic life, microscopically moving between the inner and outer spaces of abstracted feminine forms.

Posing the question of human survival in a changing climate, Farquhar’s abstracted female figures are strengthened by their multiplicity. Rich in ambiguity, they shapeshift between the imagined and the biological; the unshaped present and the reformed future of the human body and the natural world.

This exhibition sees Farquhar return to Titirangi to present work that was first developed as an artist in residence at McCahon House in French Bay in late 2018. All works courtesy of Mossman, Wellington.

A roomsheet with text from Curator Chloe Geoghegan is available here.

Depending on when the gallery can reopen, we plan to host a talk with Nicola on Saturday 9 May at 2pm to discuss Listening, twitching with Te Uru Curator Chloe Geoghegan.

Images: Left - VO, 2019, oil on linen. Right - OV, 2019, oil on linen.

22 February – 17 May 2020
Closed until further notice




Photos by Sam Hartnett


Essay by Gwynneth Porter (scroll down to bottom of page)

A Holotype Heart essay (scroll down to bottom of page)

McCahon House Residency

Kauri Trees