Nicole's practice is concerned with engineering an aesthetic that is at once seductive and unsettling as a means of investigating the overlap between desire, fantasy, identity, and (self)-image. In her work, she attempts to "make strange" the presentation of the female figure by using her as an armature for display.
Currently based in Toronto, Nicole is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's BFA program. In Toronto, her work has been shown at The Project Gallery as well as at OCAD U as part of the 2015 Feminist Art Conference. In Ottawa, her work has been shown at The Fritzi Gallery, Studio 66, St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Gallery 115 and Ottawa/Gatineau Nuit Blanche 2013. Farther afield, Nicole has exhibited at Z Art Space in Montreal as well as at The Whitestone Gallery in Guelph.
Ways I Work
What do you listen to when you work?
A vast smorgasbord of music, though lately a lot of high energy electronic, indie pop such as Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Little Boots, Fallulah, Sam Sparro, Grimes, M83…
Beverage of choice
Bubble Tea. Especially if coconut is involved!
Favourite artist(s) right now
Oh! Its’ going to be very hard to keep this to a minimum, but currently my top 5 are: Justin Mortimer, Jules de Balincourt, Janet Werner, Iris Van Herpen (Fashion Designer), David Altmejd and DaveandJenn. Ok, that’s 6…so kill me
In a previous life I was (a) ...
I'm really good at making (a) ...
Vegetarian/ vegan meals!
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
An arts administrator and a crazy dancer
Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
Living in the information age, especially in dense urban areas, our current cultural climate is super saturated with so much imagery. Unlike during the medieval and renaissance eras, visual artists and cultural makers are no longer the main purveyors of culture. Instead, we are now in the minority in this respect. Having work up in your home that you really love is so important to cutting through this fog of stuff that we don’t really have time to digest. Instead of flitting by, the work lives with you and becomes a part of your environment. This changes our relationship with images or objects from something rapidly consumed into something slower, like a relationship.
This is a hard one! But I’m going to have to say “Under the Skin”
Describe your home in 3 words
Crooked, cozy, cats
Why is art important to you?
While it has a tendency of becoming overly esoteric, I think contemporary visual art is incredibly important (for a lot of reasons, but mostly) for its ability to physically engage viewers in an experience. Whether sculptural, photographic, painterly, or experiential, good art creates a spark - it connects people - with the present, the past, an idea, etc. and creates opportunities for introspective, interpersonal, social, environmental and political change. It excites us. And it makes us see differently. Good art changes people.