My work is interdisciplinary investigating visual mediums of drawing, sculpture, and design with the theatrical disciplines of performance, video, and installation. My art strives for an idiosyncratic artistic language of the female body in space. The body is the starting point, where I reflect on its relationship to materials to make new work.
My project is an experiment in contrast; textile, drawing, sound, and sculptural installation components in relationship to my physical body. It is a series of performative vignettes inspired by chaos theory, where disorder and irregularities have an underlying pattern. After initial performances, it will take the form of wall works: drawing, photography, and installation. This project involves a continuous stream of vignettes in a variety of spaces. I am interested in the mutability of this project: how new forms will be created from an initial change in variables. I like using the idea of using contrasting materials to create new combinations both visually and conceptually.
Nicole Shimonek is a visual and multi-media artist with an MFA from the Chelsea College of Art & Design and BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba. She exhibits and makes work through residencies, curated and self-initiated projects. Residencies include the Banff Centre for the Arts, L’AiR international (Paris), Bow Arts Trust (London), Brompton Design District (London) and Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto). Selected exhibitions include The Fragile Power of Drawing (Paris, FR), Live in the Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Unafraid at Plug In ICA, Art Building Community at Gallery 1C03 and Walking and Being at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY). Site responsive installations include Nuit Blanche, Social Innovation Challenge and Urban Idea’s Creative Placemaking Challenge. Her videos have screened at the Detroit Museum of New Art, on BBC’s big-screen events, at Camden Roundhouse (London, UK), Studio 303 at the MAI (Montreal), Supermarket Art Fair (Stockholm, Sweden), Prairie Scene (Ottawa) and at the Images Festival in Toronto.