Born in Maitland, New South Wales, Nell’s work deals with birth, sex and death understood through physical experiences of impermanence.

Her great love of Rock ‘n’ Roll and small joys manifest in artworks that are everyday meditations on what is means to stay familiar with the certainty of your own mortality. Nell is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and was the winner of the UQ Portrait Prize in 2013. Nell has collaborated with fashion label Romance was Born and her work is held by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, The University of Queensland Art Museum as well as numerous private and corporate collections nationwide.

In this video Nell chats to NAVA about what art means to her and why she decided to become an artist. As she explains " I don’t really know why art is important and something in that not knowing is the magic of art making, but certainly all cultures have made time to make things and we are no different from that."

Photo by Joan Cameron-Smith in the artist's studio.

Video and editing by Rococo Productions.