Zoë Nash is a diverse visual artist working across a range of creative disciplines. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design (2002), a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Auckland, 1991) and adult teaching qualifications.
Zoë’s abstract works explore process, materiality, and the simple playful repetition of predominantly circular, tubular, or linear motifs. Consciously aware of how each mark made influences and is influenced by those around it, Zoë’s works slowly and carefully evolve and build up over time as she crafts, edits, clarifies and refines. Via process, colour, materials used, and references to the natural world, her pieces often trigger personal and collective narratives. They are vibrant, celebratory and life-affirming. Excessive, abundant, often florid, and painstakingly mindful, the works dance between spaces, exploring the dichotomies of past and present, foreground and background, presence and absence, revelation and concealment, then and now…
Zoë spent a large portion of her early working life in publishing and graphic design, before returning to study fine art in her early 30s. She now 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 also 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.
She currently works from her Auckland-based studio and teaches part-time at Browne School of Art and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, while also dedicating a large portion of time to raising two children.