Nicci Haynes is a contemporary artist whose wide-ranging art practice is loosely based around print and drawing with artist books, gadgets, and awkward little videos variously brought into service as vehicles for her explorations.
Her work is exhibited widely and has received many awards. In 2008 she won the Swan Hill drawing prize. In 2012 she was awarded honors by the Connecticut Center for Contemporary Print. In 2013 she won the M16 Drawing Prize. In 2014 she received a Canberra Critics Circle award for innovation.
Her quirky one-off artist books are sought after by collectors and held in the collections of the State Library of Queensland, the New York Center for Book Arts, Manly Library, the Sheffield Centre for the Book and the Welsh National Library. The National Gallery of Australia holds a number of her prints and drawings.
Nicci’s practice is characterised by experimentation and diversity: a recent exhibition included glass from a 2015 residency at the Canberra Glassworks. Currently, high-low tech electronics combine with printmaking techniques and works on paper to create an eccentric sound installation.
While Nicci’s varied practice engages with many artistic genres she identifies with the print community, being active at Megalo Print Studio, a speaker at international print conferences and an employee of the Printmedia and Drawing workshop at the Australian National University.