Transform, will be on view for one-week at The Painted Bride Art Center  reception Friday, April 12th, 5-9 pm

Transform, will be on view for one-week at The Painted Bride Art Center reception Friday, April 12th, 5-9 pm

Nicole Noel

The Damned

Collagraph on paper

5 x 8 1/2'

“The desire to seek, express or explore spirituality is uniquely human and not limited by race, ethnicity or walk of life.  Ancestors in ancient African tribes were expressing spirituality through use of masks in the same way those who attend religious ceremonies do today and have throughout history.  I’m intrigued by the contradictory nature of religion and how this has affected people throughout time. The sometimes mysterious, scary and violent nature of religion can also be completely full of love, selflessness, joy and color.

I grew up seeing African masks at my grandmother’s house. They are a symbol of my culture; one that I am far removed from. Their often simplified features and symmetrical geometry has inspired me to develop my own style of masks. These new masks have been a recurring motif in my work.”

*not for sale

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