Nicole Harper seeks the everyday, the banal, the overlooked. When she finds a niche there, she exploits it and activates it with combinations of the materials present with video projection, drawing, signage and sculpture.
During her career as a student in the Sierra Nevada College MFA – Interdisciplinary Arts Program, she has built a serious called Sensory Superfluous. Sensory Superfluous seeks to activate public spaces at their gaps and intersections. A stairway, a stream bed viewing portal, a storefront window — sites where transition requires attention its inhabitants in order adjust to another level, conceptually and physically.
Harper’s portals transfigure and activate the overlooked in ways that require engagement and implication, without forcing perspective or delivering an anvil of messaging. Everyday spaces become active sites for “re-cognition,” as Nicole puts it. A simple re-calibration of spaces, whose function and purpose are generally taken for granted, into a site for sublimation, contemplation or genesis.
Nicole Harper is a multidisciplinary artist creating art spurred by the influence of affective experience, complexities of existence, and human agency within the natural world. Through an aesthetic language, her aim is to translate imagery and substance into visual poetry, molding layered facets of experience into tangibility. Nicole’s current concern is with activating site-specific encounters to stimulate re-cognition.