Zoë Nash is a diverse visual artist working across a range of creative disciplines. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Whitecliffe (2002) as well as a BA (University of Auckland) and adult teaching qualifications.
Zoë spent a large portion of her early working life in publishing and graphic design, and continues to be interested in colour, pattern, shape, space and form. Her abstract works explore themes of repetitive process, experience and transformation, and often use narrative devices to trigger personal connection. To date, this has included site-specific installation, sculpture, painting, digital print and photography, however drawing continues to form the foundation of her art practice. Zoë’s work is often built via the accumulation of basic repeated shapes and forms, visually disrupting the relationship between figure and ground.
“I love how my drawings grow and evolve with every mark made so that in the end, just a like a knitted jumper, the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts.”
Zoë exhibits regularly and continues to develop her career. In 2015 she was a Finalist in the Parkin Drawing Prize, and in 2013 a Finalist in the Small Sculpture Prize at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. She was awarded the Zinni Douglas Merit Award at the Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Awards in 2012, and has been a Finalist in the Trust Waikato Contemporary Art Awards and recipient of the Whitecliffe Post Grad Scholarship.
Zoë has been enthusiastically participating in arts education since 1999, teaching at tertiary level (both full and part-time) across the graphic design and fine art departments of Taranaki Polytechnic (WITT), Natcoll (Yoobee), and Whitecliffe, and is currently a part-time tutor at Browne School of Art.