Interviews | December 21, 2021 |

Image courtesy of Nicole Sullivan

Interview: Nicole Sullivan
Luca Curci
talks with Nicole Sullivan during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

“My work is semi-representational, combining abstract and realism to portray not just a scene, but emotional symbolism. My work focuses on the interpretation of real life by acknowledging the emotions behind what we physically interact with. Being born in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico has shaped my outlook on life to be a black and white Rube Goldberg machine. I use a lot of colours and stark contrasts to convey how I visually perceive the world, in both representational and abstract paintings as well as digital collages. I find inspiration through my perception of the world and feel motivated to share these insights as a method of invoking progress. Through the acknowledgement of shared emotional experiences, perhaps we can take a little more time with each other”.

Image courtesy of Nicole Sullivan

Luca Curci – How did you get to photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Nicole Sullivan
– My family was always taking pictures as we grew up, and I eventually took a course in college as a degree requirement and learned more techniques. I took my first professional photographs while hiking.

LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
– A good photo has focus and emotion behind it. The details I find most important to focus on are the lighting and angle. Lighting sets the tone and can make the difference between a nice-looking photo and one you have to imagine looks good. The angle provides perspective and depth, with the wrong angle you may have as well as not taken a photo.

LC – How is your creative process?
– When I’m inspired by something I enjoy doing research on the subject and killing a few hours educating myself on what inspired me. Depending on the medium I put things where I think they need to be.

Image courtesy of Nicole Sullivan

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
– Overall the theme of my work is my reaction to humanity, good and bad. It’s been interesting watching people interact over the decades.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
– Amazing! There’s a lot I could talk about regarding the art community as a whole, again good and bad. I really hope that we break past the paranoid individualism that a sad majority seem to pride themselves upon, to really blossom into a functioning global community that is just as successful as the music industry.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
– I believe reflecting on the connection between our Selves and the context of our present is one of the only ways people can survive in the world. This concept is a constant source of inspiration for me, given the infinite number of times we create new experiences for ourselves and repeat existing ones.

Image courtesy of Nicole Sullivan

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
– The artwork I present is definitely a reflection of person and context. A lot of the work I do is what I would consider feminist, in the sense of addressing issues that women face as well as providing an intelligent female/gender nonspecific commentary on current events, and how the past has unfolded in today’s world. I personally am constantly reflecting on myself, finding ego death every day and building a pillar of humanity within myself that I can rely on for independent thought. I encourage others to reflect on themselves, not to be like me or anyone else but to find more about who they are.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
– Absolutely!

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
– I did! Everyone has been so helpful and nice and I’m extremely honoured to take part in this exhibition. Thank you so much!

Image courtesy of Nicole Sullivan

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