born 1981, Subiaco, Western Australia - Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch & English
Nicole Monks is Sydney based trans-disciplinary creative of Aboriginal, Dutch and English Heritage; her practice is informed by her cross-cultural identity within the current epoch. Monks focuses on the learned behaviours we attach to objects/places, in particular the similarities and differences between Western and Aboriginal culture, subversively allowing the Australia culture to come into questioned. Monks began her career as a Designer with a scholarship from KVB College and has since restudied certificate 4 in Fine Arts at Great Lakes TAFE to develop a conceptual artistic practice, including new media, photography, instillation and public art.
Renown as a solo and collaborative artist, Monks founded the company ‘blackandwhite creative’, an initiative to generate cultural awareness by collaborating with Aboriginal & non Aboriginal individuals & organisations to weave Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration into contemporary Art & Design projects.
Since 2011 Monks has exhibited at Boomalli Aboriginal Art Co-operative with her first solo show in 2014. In 2012, Monks presented her first international exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and in 2014 at the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize, Monks won the UNSW Art & Design Residency and received Highly Commended. Monks has won the Fishers Ghost Photography award and a Sydney Design Award for her showcase at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. In 2015, Monks received an Aboriginal Design grant from artsNSW, won the Drift art installation award in Mandurah, WA and the Fishers Ghost Aboriginal Art award. Recent shows include; White Noise (with Amala Groom), Underbelly Arts Festival, and a solo exhibition at the Perth Centre for Photography.