Artist Profile - Nicole Langille

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Nicole Langille

2006 EDGE Professional Development Program



My work is an investigation of the way that structural and natural spheres overlap, interact and fracture. The materials -papers, gouache, and graphite- are taken from the realms of craft and architecture, and mingle elements both playful and sobering. Combining drawing, painting, installation and collage, I approach questions of growth and progress, whose visual cues range from puffy white clouds and bubbles to geometric patterns. This work attempts to voice, without declaration of good or evil, my discomfort with the way things are and my curiosity in where they are going.

This work builds on earlier, more minimal experiments with cut paper, Plexiglas, and light. When layered, they formed a kind of compositional screen, a universe of missing pieces. Those carefully stacked vacancies resembled a strange environment where one might wander and become lost. The Remains series, created after a set of similar site-specific installations for the Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland, spoke of a system with no beginning or end, perhaps even one of futility.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture from Boston University in 2000. Since that time, I have been teaching, exhibiting, and cutting things into little pieces in various locations across the country, from the Anderson Ranch Arts center in Snowmass, Colorado to New York City, and from rural Arizona to Olympia, Washington. I currently teach sculpture and professional practices for the visual arts at the Evergreen State College, where I am also a member of the staff.

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