Nicole Jean McComb
mccomb Nicole Jean McComb uses a chaotic collage style subject matter to hide the subtle semiotic clues of the groups of people hidden in her 'full busy life paintings'. McComb paints what she sees in old print media, social media and pictures of scenes from her everyday life living in the Eastern Cape. These images all come together in a new collage repainted in oil paint. McComb's underlying theme under the decorative elements is Leisure Culture. Who is resting and tanning vs working? Often the white woman is relaxing, while other cultural groups are working around her. McComb has started to add more animal elements into her work getting closer to Safari Culture. To watch, to rest or to work how does one get to govern their time. Who is allowed to have leisure time? These subtle cultural stereotypes hidden under highly colourful decorative elements confuse the viewer into a happy or joyful feeling when looking at the painting similar to the busyness and bombardment of images that people look at everyday on social media. So much imagery that no one can focus on what they are really seeing and experience what they are seeing. McComb hopes that by creating these new realities as paintings viewers will linger longer on the images and question or piece some of the new and old relationships placed together in a new way.