Artist explores human decay in new exhibition

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Nicola Bonner from Peterhead, a final-year Painting student at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, recently exhibited her work to the public at the School’s 126th annual Degree Show, sponsored by BP.

The former Mintlaw Academy pupil created a series of six unusual installations made from dead mealworm and artificial hair, taking inspiration from Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein.

She explained: “As with Dr Frankenstein’s construction of a monster made from inanimate human body parts from exhumed bodies, I was particularly fascinated by the book’s themes of human experimentation and modification. My work explores the idea of using different body parts to construct a whole being and the process of decay on the flesh and hair.”

Intricately layering hundreds of thousands of meal worms, artificial hair, interwoven with her own painted designs, the talented artist has created an original collection of dark, sinister works sculpted to the form of intertwined bodies.

Nicola (21), is set to graduate with a BA (Hons) Painting in a ceremony at His Majesty’s Theatre next Friday.

Commenting on her time at Gray’s, she adds: “The studio space at Gray’s provided an excellent environment to work, and the support from my tutors meant I could freely develop my own ideas. Upon graduation, I hope to continue as a practicing artist within the local area.”

Nicola’s designs were exhibited to the public at Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP, from June 18-25.