Nicole Watt, aka Mahlimae, is a self-taught mixed-media sculpture artist based in Southern Tasmania, Australia. She takes inspiration from ancient rituals, ancestral folklore, and aspects of deep human nature to create fascinating, intriguing, and obscure beings.
Her exquisitely simplistic and emotionally driven characters blossom from a world long forgotten; a world hidden in the shadows of imagination where the wind blows wild, the trees groan with ancient secrets born from the whispers of the ancestors. Finding inspiration in ancient ritual and ancestral folklore, Nicole’s melancholic words take you on a compelling dreamlike journey into the darkness and light of human nature, drawing you in closer to explore the stories hidden within their subtle and fragile expressions. Each piece is carefully hand sculpted using stone clay, gathered natural materials and tattered hand-dyed textiles. The final works are pulled together by a common theme of possibility, a longing for connection, and an aim to intrigue.Nicole Watt