I studied sculpture at Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada, graduating in 1966. I completed an MA (Public Art) and a PhD (The Humours of the Artist Book) at the University of Western Sydney (2007). I am currently writing and producing artworks about the absurdity of contemporary life, using the art world as an exemplar. My Art Practice is diverse ranging from drawing, painting, small and sculptures to large environmental works, installations (sound, sensors, electronics and video), artists’ books and experimental writing. Commissions include public artworks in Singapore, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Perth. Awards include Australia Council Two Year Fellowship (1997); two Premier’s Awards, WA Civic Design Award (1995); Predominantly Landscape Environment Award (1995) with FFW Architects/Urban Planners; Mundaring Arts Centre Inaugural Prize, Self-portraiture; L.I.N. Award of Excellence (EPRA), Public Art Consultant with Tract Landscape Architects. Diploma of Honor, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz for The Lift Project; project grants from the Australia Council, ANAT, NSW Department for the Arts and WA Department for the Arts. I have been Artist-in-residence in several Australian Universities as well as in Montreal, Paris and Thailand.
Elusive Practice: the art of Nola Farman
After working as an artist for 60 years, it’s time to produce a book on my artworks bringing to international attention a significant practice as an innovative and valuable contribution to contemporary Australian art.