Nicole Ng is commended, student, for imagination and stylistic rigour in collages that suggest an ‘evenly distributed resource and settlement pattern for the Scottish coast’
Nicole Ng’s abstraction of the Scottish landscape caught the judges’ imagination with its stylistic rigour. It ‘proposes an act of terraformation for an evenly distributed resource and settlement pattern for the Scottish coast’ – a benign statement that belies the geological consequences of such an approach. And her drawn language evinces that one degree of separation from reality – mostly the result of multiple photocopies, digitally collaged. ‘Coast’ evokes a world modified by winds, tide and human action, ‘Quarry’ employs scalelessness to inform her proposition for housing, and ‘Field’ a photocopy bitmap, modern-day ‘enclosure act’ landscape, for zero-hour contract workers.
In its image-making and narrative skill, ‘it’s refreshing and joyous’
Not all bought into Ng’s Cartesian world of representation, but Benedict Langlands & Nikki Bell thought the work a worthy commendation. Shasore won over the initial naysayers, convinced that in its image-making and narrative skill, ‘it’s refreshing and joyous’.