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Avgang 2023: Nicole Ward / Never not doing something

Avgang 2023: Nicole Ward / Never not doing something

The exhibition Never not doing something is Nicole Ward’s MFA degree show at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

You are warmly invited to the opening of Nicole Ward’s solo show, Never not doing something, March 10th at 19:00 at Akademirommet @kunstnerneshus ✨

I’m level with her ballpoint pen, which she’s holding two centimetres above the page. Four CMYK registration marks at the edge of the page communicate that it is correctly aligned. She raises her pen a further two centimetres then plunges it back down, the nib almost striking the page. By nudging the page slightly away from her body she obtains a more adequate posture.

I’m now concentrating on her mouth having noticed her muttering to herself. She scratches the back of her neck whilst keeping her eyes firmly locked on the page. Silently she mouths numbers.


It is relieving to absorb myself in an action, a pointless focus where attention itself is as important as notions of a higher significance, reference or meaning. I am attracted to states of mind in which one is in an automated position of immersive busywork. By scrutinising other people’s daily actions, such as my mother’s obsessive relationship to Sudoku, I am attempting to understand how others fill their time.

The installation incorporates three analogue processes; hand-scratched & painted 16mm film, hand-forged mild steel, & hand-transferred 35mm slides.

*Mobile phone use is prohibited inside the gallery*

Vernissage: Fri 10 March, 19:00-22:00

Viewing hours: 11-19 March:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00-15:00
Friday: 13:00-16:00
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00-15:00
or by appointment: