Reviewed by Jill
Taxidermied creatures, the icy fire of glass and crystal, synthetic turf, found objects, installations, video ... Nicholas Folland reveals the many-faceted works of South Australian artist Nicholas Folland. A succinct commentary by Lisa Slade provides the bare bones of Folland’s career, and rich detail on his works to date. Each of eight chapters or short essays features a phase of his oeuvre and ties it to events or people in the history of Folland or his home state. This commentary also reveals a view of South Australia that might surprise. Folland’s is not flash-of-creativity work. Close-up and gallery views reveal the technical skills and painstaking attention to detail that carry the works on from the original germ of an idea. Several photographers have documented works, in progress, during their installation, and in situ. The book Nicholas Folland is the happy product of an individual and team effort.