Next Tuesday, Work of Art contestant and up-and-coming designer-artist Nicole Nadeau opens her first solo show at Y Gallery in New York. In addition to showing her own work more and more, Nadeau also spends quality time with KNS, a design collective she co-founded. This show — "Portraits of Origin" — works on complicated themes of femininity and our reactions to and perceptions of same.
The full release:
In her first NY solo show, Nicole Nadeau explores the state awareness in a female individual under the threat of an unfulfilled call. She confronts the awe towards the ultimate realization that the body can be an unreliable, inconsistent, incoherent tool.
The work, presented in various media, poses questions over the paradox inherent in the human condition: is negation the only way to awareness? Is the acknowledgment of the unknown the only way to the known? Is the loss of something the only way to perceive its value?
As a young woman, the artist wanders through these themes, playing the language of femininity, but pushing it to its most extreme place, where it’s cut to its most original role -reproduction- and its most original fear: not being able to. Graphic nods to physical abnormalities and to their distorting power are treated as an element of terror. The question is raised: if creation is a matter of life, is the inability to create a matter of death?
“When your body fails you, your awareness of it is heightened, and your closeness to being a woman is awakened” says Nicole Nadeau.
Portraits of Origins haunts us with the reminiscence of female’s most primitive role in society, consequently re-framing the unsettling pressures that pervades contemporary womanhood.
Featuring sculptural elements, photographic prints and mixed media prints, "Portraits of Origin" re-interprets the meaning of the female universe, and revisits the significant of relationships, both to others and to one own, to a mind threatened by infertility.
With this show, Nicole continues use in form and nature as she investigates the darker sides of the human experience.
The show is one night only, 6-10pm on Tuesday, February 7th.