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"I believe in the power and importance of play, surprise, and experimentation. I strive to create work that is both joyful and complex—attracting viewers from afar with bright colors and energetic compositions, and rewarding viewers up close with more densely layered, fluctuating spaces.
My interest in painting stems from my childhood love of animation, and the process of bringing static images to life using color, light, and the repetition of shapes.
Today, my work still aims to draw parallels between animation and abstraction—which both simplify, exaggerate, and select from reality—while further emphasizing painting's unique and defining relationship between surface and space.
My current work is rooted in collage as both medium and metaphor, and explores relationships between painting, animation, abstraction, as well as time, movement, color, and potential. I make large mixed media collages, abstract collage-like animations, and most recently an immersive "stained glass" window installation.
Within this work, I am pursuing a balance between chaos and control, the spontaneous and intentional, exuberant and complex. Navigating the space between dichotomies is what motivates and inspires my work.
Each piece includes moments of punctuation, sometimes comically loud or abrupt, colliding colors and shapes, and depicts a world of continuous convergence, dissipating boundaries, and in celebration of paradox."
2015 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2013 Proyecto 'ACE, Buenos Aires, AR
2012–13 Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD
2008-11 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), BFA Painting, Concentration Illustration, Magna Cum Laude, Baltimore, MD
2007 Marie Walsh Sharpe Summer Seminar, Colorado Springs, CO
2016 First Cut (Solo Exhibition), VisArts, Rockville, MD
2015 Distorted Perspectives, Artists Circle Fine Art, North Potomac, MD
2014 Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Frame Arts Warehouse, Manitoba, Canada
2014 New Works: Nicole Mueller, St Paul's School for Girls, Baltimore, MD
2013 Estudio Abierto, Proyecto 'ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 MICA Alumni Presents: 60s Retro, Griffin Art Center, Frederick, MD
2013 JUMBO SHRIMP, International Arts Movement, New York, NY
2013 AIR '13 End of Year Show, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD
2013 Appetizer, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD
2012 12 x 12, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD
2012 MICA Commencement Exhibition, Fox 220 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2011 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition (Jurors: Doreen Bolger & Philippa Hughes), Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2011 Synthspiration III part 2, The Light Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2011 Synthspiration III part 1, Studio of the Arts, Annapolis, MD
2010 Small Wonders, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2010 Salon No. 7, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2010 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Maryland Institute College of Art
ProMark Real Estate
Markham Law Group
American Campus Communities
Private collections across U.S.
2015 Gilman School (Senior Art Thesis Guest Judge)
2014 St. Paul's School for Girls (Visiting Artist, Workshop Leader)
2013 LeaderShape Institute (Guest Leader Panel)