Nichole DeMent

 

Nichole’s personal artwork in traditional photographic mediums and avant garde mixed media encaustic processes has been awarded, reviewed and featured in publications such as PhotoMedia. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections such as Swedish Hospital’s Art Collection. View her work in person at SAM Gallery. In addition to being a working artist, she has worked for both non-profit and commercial galleries and co-owned a studio & gallery in the heart of Seattle’s art district for six years with her partner, Stephen Rock. She has taught photography with a fine art focus at Pacific NW institutions such as Pacific Lutheran University and Photographic Center Northwest. Her passion to share ideas and advise artists continues in her position with Artist Trust as Program Manager for the Creative Career Center. Each artwork in this series begins with a scene I have captured in the camera. These are the moments where I’ve lost track of time and space and intuitively interact with the world around me. They are strongly based in the beauty I find in decay and transformation, but further themes are the juxtapostion of movement and stillness, as well as my esoteric desire to represent the harmony I feel in a good piece of music.
Once the image is printed on rice paper I use water-based and oil paints, encaustic, various found objects and other art mediums to transform the artwork into its own unique piece. I enjoy providing these moments to individuals that desire to add beauty to their lives and spaces. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you are interested in purchasing an artwork or would like to discuss a commission of your very own. This series is comprised of photographed silhouettes on a veil which explore inner states of human nature through archetypal imagery. As an adult not raised by biological parents, I am forever intrigued by the underlying reasons, and differences, between learned and genetic behavior. Personal study of diverse myth-based cultures, including archetypes within Jungian psychology, blend in this body of work which endeavors to explore aspects of the personality that are rejected, or cannot be seen easily. The ‘hard to see’ concept is enhanced through the presentation of a stark image on rice paper that becomes transparent in the lighter areas when fused with wax. This creates a symbiotic relationship between figure and its environment.
Once the image is printed on rice paper, I use paint, encaustic, various found objects and other art mediums to transform the artwork into its own unique piece. I enjoy providing these moments to individuals that need to add beauty to their lives and spaces. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you are interested in purchasing or would like to discuss a commission of your very own. I am interested in a contemporary myth. A background in art history, as well as an interest in sociology and myth from prehistoric to contemporary times informs my work and ideas. Conceptually, I explore ideas about human nature via the figure. Each artwork starts with my studied field of photography. I then use paint, wax and other media to transform the surface to a more visceral topography, which is instinctual to my process. Further, I feel it is necessary to affect the surface of the art for a more accurate presentation of the human form due to its own anomalies.
Each piece is rather large in scale so as to affect the relational quality for the viewer. A body of work about human nature should represent those forms as close to life size as possible. In addition, each work is a unique print. Due to the unique layering and mixed media approach to my work, these pieces are one of a kind mixed media encaustic artworks on rice paper.

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