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Artist feature: Nicola White gives new life to found objects and the self

Nicole Weedo


Nicola White, a 46-year-old English artist, works with lost and discarded items she finds along the beaches of Cornwall, England, and the banks of the River Thames. She uses pieces of broken glass and pottery, rope, metal, plastic, and other found items to create collages and sculptures. In a recent exhibition entitled Words from the Water, she displayed messages in bottles that she had found in the Thames Estuary. She aims for her work to inspire viewers’ imagination by giving new life to everyday, discarded objects. This artist feature explores her work by juxtaposing an artist interview with ideas for using found objects in the field of art therapy.

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