2023 ARTIST BIOS | Nicholas Tossmann

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About Nicholas Tossmann

Nicholas Tossmann is a Gold Coast based conceptual artist. Tossmann is intrigued by our innate curiosity as humans and our ability to question, irrespective of whether we can find answers. This innately existential curiosity is the primary motivator for Tossmann’s practice. Tossmann’s work utilises text in the forms of installation, sculpture, performance and video and is often made site specifically, considering spaces and architecture to imagine how viewers could physically engage and relate to intangible ideas. Tossmann uses text for its ability to give tangibility to intangible ideas, and disseminate and expand upon those ideas. His work invites a contemplation of the self in relation to the absurd. By creating introspective thought and conversation around ideas represented in text we are able to gain an understanding of both our and others’ perspectives around how we construct meaning. 

2023 SWELL ARTWORK – Why, Why, Why

‘Why, Why, Why’ is a set of 3 sculptures each in the shape of a cube, each cube has the word why spelt on it using black and white tiles to creates the letters. The cubes each have one letter on each face, spelling the the word twice on each cube. The word why is expansive opening up curious and existential understandings, being able to ask these extensive and often unanswerable questions is an essential part of being  human. 


Instagram: @nicholastossman

Website: nicholastossmann.com

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 8th – 17th September