The non-intrusive subtlety of Nicky Hirst’s work is a mixture of morality and pragmatism – recession aesthetics. Her concern is to alter perceptions not produce expensive objects. And stealth can be more effective than confrontation, a whisper more persuasive than a shout. Clarity and elegance informs her work. The idiosyncrasies of a space – its history and usage and design decisions that have affected it – provide the stimulus for an oblique visual poetry.
Sarah Kent, art critic and writer