Nicky Foreman (b.1970, Waitara) graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 1992. Foreman’s work is often concerned with taking everyday mundane objects and resetting them, so they can be viewed as precious and beautiful. Her work can be viewed in two ways, as small icon-like pieces and as a work in its entirety. The difficulty in this is to create an innate sense of balance, wherein the viewer’s eye is not pulled in any one direction, but rather “floats” across the surface picking up different aspects. Gabrielle Amodeo states of Foreman’s work; ‘The most overwhelming feature of Foreman’s recent work is the residence it takes up between Taranaki and the south of France, the collision of two landscapes. Foreman has a deep connection to both landscapes, but it is the type of romantic connection born out of distance and separation. The bond she has comes from brief stints of travel, and the memories she carries back home.