Represented are bodies of work from 2006-2014. Click on photos to see all work in the collection. For current projects follow Instagram and the blog. For more information or sales, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisdom of the Night
These paintings explore mysticism, belief systems, magic, totem animals, and symbology. Through mixed media, these works explore the division of art and craft and high art and “naïve” art; forcing them to unite on the canvas. Under investigation are a variety of magic and religious belief systems.This is not meant as a mere pastiche citing of visual symbols. These works have become a personal exploration of my own belief systems.Through meditation, guided shaman journeys, exploration of divination systems, and use of other esoteric forms, I have taken a journey to an otherworldly mental landscape and created this body of work from my visions.
I Put a Spell on You
This was a body of work made for a show at Believe Inn in Chicago, Illinois. I was investigating magical symbols, the landscape as a site for mystic exploration, and the art of love and obsession.
Diary of a Shipwrecked Sailor
This body of work was created for an exhibition at North Park University called "What She Saw". I was interested in creating a non-linear narrative centered around a ship wreck. This series is loosely inspired by a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor".
This was a project done in conjunction with a show at One Strange Bird. 30 women artists were invited to create 30 5 in. by 5 in. paintings in 30 days. This resulted in 900 paintings that were all for sale for $30 regardless of the artists' usual artwork value. We donated a portion of the profits to a local women's shelter. This project changed me. All of these works are in private collections. They were all acrylic and mixed media on 5 inch by 5 inch wood panels and created in 2011.
This body of work was made in 2008 for a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago.
This is an installation piece made during my graduate studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. It consisted of sculptures, light, and shadow. I created the sculpture from architectural scale lumber, hot, glue and spray paint. The sculpture was set upon a blank stretched canvas. Its shadows were then projected on the wall. The "cloud" was made by stitching together craft filling fibers with silver thread. It was illuminated from the inside. It is supported by conduit that was spray painted with a rainbow pattern. I really liked the double meaning of conduit and hoped that the viewer picked up on the subtext of all of the material's meanings. This was my final work created in graduate school. In retrospect, I see it as an escape plan. I really enjoyed creating a large installation and hope to get an opportuinty to create an evnironment again.
Lost at Sea
These epic-sized oil paintings were made during my second year of graduate school at UIC.
This body of work was made between 2006-2007
I have been working in sketchbooks and journals since 2000. They are a very important part of my process. Since January 2014, I have been making a lot of pages! My books have gotten more visual and less theoretic since opening One Strange Bird in 2011 and falling in love with mixed media again.
I occasionally create sculptures in my studio. Oftentimes, I use them as "still life" to create new paintings. They are all made from architectural scale lumber, hot glue, and paint. the top two were made by allowing crystals to grown on top of the structures. They were a model for a piece I created for Meg Duguid's Clutch Gallery. Clutch Gallery is a 5 inch by 5 inch space in Meg's purse.
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Here is Duguid's description of that work I titled "This Island"
Nicole Northway utilizes the idea of landscape to investigate invented space. By creating her own geography which she explores with an imagined narrative, she seeks to understand the indescribable and the unknowable. With This Island, Northway has created a sculpture cloaked by hand-grown crystals. Resembling part landscape and part image of a synapse firing, the work navigates the gaps between fantasy and reality, interiority and exteriority, the gigantic and the miniature. This Island was shown in September - October 1, 2011.