Experimentation and exploration are core to Nicole Hewat’s work. Fascinating things abound in this world that spark artistic curiosity. A strong background in oil painting opened a natural progression to paint-on-glass animation. After discovering this filmmaking technique in Australia, Nicole went on to push the medium further by introducing edible materials and mixing animation methods. Tinker and play best describe the process of discovery that arises from combining and disassembling objects and ideas to create magic.
I create videos that incorporate motion with painting. Paint-on-glass animation is the process of taking still shots of oil paintings done on panes of glass and using a video- editing program to make them come alive.
This process fascinates me because it involves as much destruction of a painting as it does the creation of a video. As a painter this can be both difficult and exhilarating to experience. The physical object of a painting no longer becomes so relevant but it is the document of the act of painting that is significant.
The themes I play with also have to do with process and time. Videos about watching scenery from a train or seeing tree branches whiz overhead while biking capture pockets of time that can be under-or unappreciated by many. These, often subtle, experiences are moments that can alter a perspective and exist to make life more interesting.