Artist Statement: Drawing has always been something I need to do. There is a peace that comes with drawing that sports people might call ‘the zone’. There is also the corresponding anxiety that comes in these moments as there must be balance to all things. In all of these extremes of emotion there is a sense of a very full life. So I have felt that even if my personal or practical work life is either fraught, dull or exciting, I can fight through what needs doing in my artistic life with more certainty that a resolution will occur. When this happens I am in that beautiful zone and my private practical work life becomes quieter also. I can indulge my imagination, treat myself to the sense that time has stopped, give myself to the blue ink I have just mixed, take in the subtleties of all the colour and tone, the lightness of a line compared to another. The tiniest change from one moment to another in a drawing. It is simply my passion.
Nickie Hayden was born in London and has worked as a professional artist since 1988 both as a painter and printmaker. Hayden now works from her own painting and printmaking studio in Dublin.
Hayden has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad and in 1996 Hayden’s work was chosen by President Mary Robinson to present to President Havel of the Czech Republic.
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