Trash turns to treasure

20:20, Jul 28 2011
Nicola Wright
PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Artist Nicola Wright saves unwanted items from ending up in landfill and recycles them in her sculptural work, such as her piece What Little Boys Are Made Of.

Nicola Wright has a knack for turning trash into treasure.

The Sunnyhills-based artist has been giving discarded and forgotten everyday objects a new lease on life by using them in her sculptural work.

"Used objects have some history behind them and I've always been a great collector of things.

"I'm the sort of person who likes to use the things we have around us and recycle and reuse them in my work," she says.

"It's about taking things someone else has used and transforming them from one thing into another."

Ms Wright trawled through junk shops, garage sales and TradeMe listings to find unwanted objects she could put to good use for her upcoming Domestic Bliss exhibition at Uxbridge Creative Centre.


Her sculptures reflect the way parenting and homemaking are viewed in our day-to-day lives.

"I've tried to bind humour and irony into each work, as the daily focus of the three C's – cooking, cleaning and caring – can seem onerous, especially when you've forfeited a successful stand-alone career for that of raising a family," she says.

"With domestic things like cleaning and ironing these things have to be done repeatedly and my mind would start to wander and I found myself thinking about how items used for these things could be used in other ways – both functionally and aesthetically."

The Domestic Bliss exhibition runs from August 12-30 at Uxbridge Creative Centre, Uxbridge Rd, Howick.

A preview of the exhibition will be held on August 11 at 6.30pm. Ms Wright will give an artist's discussion of the exhibition on August 13 at 10am.

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Eastern Courier