Nicole lives in San Francisco, California and works out of a studio in East Oakland.
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Nicole is a visual artist and painter exploring relationships and dichotomies through her large scale collages, murals, and installations. She began her career in Baltimore, MD where she earned her degree in painting and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Proyecto 'ACE (Argentina), and Creative Paradox (Maryland). Her work has been exhibited in Maryland, California, and New York. She has received recognitions from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Most recently in 2017, she was the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award for emerging artists creating innovative work in California. She also co-hosts a podcast interviewing artists about their professional practices called Beyond the Studio, which received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2017 from Southern Exposure.
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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."