Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage, who works across mediums to express her ideas. An extremely talented, award winning artist, her practise includes interior design, textiles, furniture, photo media, installation and performance.

We are all animals/sheemu is an installation and performance where Monks embodies Sheemu a hybrid being that she created from emu feathers and wool, while on residency at Fowlers Gap a sheep station on shared Barkindji, Parundji and Maljangapa Country in north west New South Wales. The work was made in response to her experience and through the immediacy and connection with the animals on the surrounding property she felt that as mammals, we are all animals too. 

detail: Nicole Monks, Yamatji Wajarri people, Western Australia, born 1981, Subiaco, Western Australia, We are all animals/sheemu, 2016, a sheep station on Barkindji, Parundji and Maljangapa Country, New South Wales, soft sculpture (wearable) wool and feathers, 100.0 x 50.0 cm; Courtesy the artist, photo: Lachlan Humphrey, Clean Line Productions

Nicole Monks