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Sarah Nicholls
updated: 12/12/2011
website: sarahnicholls.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Boring Activities
Velvety Finish
Salivate
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Blood Pressure Medication
Old Men
Hatson
Diction Sunder
Light Diffuser Technology
Plush
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Placeholder
Engineers Attend Conventions Reluctantly
 
Portfolio Keywords:  language, books, animals, text, figurative, humor, memory, narrative
 
 
Boring Activities by Sarah Nicholls
Boring Activities
Ink on Paper
2010
11 " x  9 " 
Velvety Finish by Sarah Nicholls
Velvety Finish
Ink on paper
2010
11 " x  9 " 
Salivate by Sarah Nicholls
Salivate
Ink on paper
2008
9" x  11" 
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter by Sarah Nicholls
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Ink on paper
2008
9" x  11" 
Blood Pressure Medication by Sarah Nicholls
Blood Pressure Medication
Ink on paper
2010
11 " x  9 " 
Old Men by Sarah Nicholls
Old Men
Ink on paper
2010
11 " x  9 " 
Hatson by Sarah Nicholls
Hatson
ink on paper
2008
10" x  8" 
Diction Sunder by Sarah Nicholls
Diction Sunder
ink on paper
2007
6" x  10" 
Light Diffuser Technology by Sarah Nicholls
Light Diffuser Technology
ink on paper
2009
10" x  8" 
Plush by Sarah Nicholls
Plush
ink on paper
2009
10" x  8" 
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter by Sarah Nicholls
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Letterpress and relief printing on paper; artist book
2010
9 " x  6 " 
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter by Sarah Nicholls
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Letterpress and relief printing on paper; artist book
2010
9 " x  6 " 
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter by Sarah Nicholls
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
Letterpress and relief printing on paper; artist book
2010
9 " x  6 " 
Placeholder by Sarah Nicholls
Placeholder
Letterpress on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Engineers Attend Conventions Reluctantly by Sarah Nicholls
Engineers Attend Conventions Reluctantly
still from 2 min. animation
2009
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Artist Statement

My work revolves around the borrowed authority of printed language. I often use that tone of authority to explore the comforts and limitations of community: what kinds of things bind people together, and why it is difficult to hold that in place. I am fascinated by the way language can be used to prevent communication as easily as it can be used to foster it. I build texts by moving back and forth between collecting language and editing/rewriting. These texts often deal with time, patterns of behavior, transformation, and collections of knowledge. I am fascinated by the interior monologue, and the kind of interior lapses in time that reading creates.

I set and print my texts in lead type by hand, and am fascinated by the ritualized, physical nature of the activity. I believe bodily movement is the foundation of language, that the experiences of touch and grip give language its directive power. I produce works which depend both on the accumulation of experience and the repetition of motion. I am interested in the ways that the process of making relates to discipline and physical endurance. Repetitive, meticulous labor is a form of training, and can serve as a way to both hold onto and to subvert uncomfortable emotions.  

Artist Bio / CV
EXHIBITIONS


Out Of Sorts Sudio Miko, Brooklyn, NY                     2009

Consent CUNY Graduate Center, NY NY                 2008

Secrets and Lies 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR      2008

Sit Down and Read The K Gallery, Alameda, CA        2008

New Prints Fall 2007, International Print Center, Brooklyn, NY 2007
 
The Artist Book Library, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 2007

Singular Objects, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn, NY 2007

Contemporary Letterpress, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA 2007

Making Your Mark, Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, NY 2006

Project Mobilivre Bookmobile 2005 Collection

Bright Hill Press Juried Book Arts Exhibit 2004

Project Mobilivre Bookmobile 2003 Collection

Dreams and Nightmares The NYPL Donnell Library Center 2002

Artist’s Books 2002 Cuesta College Art Gallery 2002

AWARDS

Fall 2005 Scholarship- Manhattan Graphics Center

Summer 2003 Workstudy scholarship, Penland School of Crafts

COLLECTIONS

University of Washington

California State University at Hayward

Franklin Furnace Archive/MOMA Library

Manhattan Graphics Center

The Center for Book Arts

 

PANELS & PRESENTATIONS

Visiting Speaker, Publishing in the City, NYU MFA Writing Program, New York, 2009

Moderator The Embroidered Word  Panel Discussion

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2007

Contemporary Printmaking Symposium, Abrons Art Center, New York, 2005

 

EDUCATION

1996 BA Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY