Nicole Roberts Hoiland

Artist Statement:
My sculptural work stems from personal reflection on events, memories and experiences, literature, socio-political events; creating a narrative in each piece that reflects those ideas. I draw from several historical periods when creating my pieces, abstraction of the early 20th century and onward, and pop art in its choice of objects that are reflective or symbolic of our society and culture. After an initial connection between an idea and a visual form (usually a well known object), I create pieces fast, allowing for the intuitive process to combine form and concept. I am a multi-media artist, usually choosing to work with wood, fabric and string, epoxy and rubber as well as clay. I work loosely with the materials, allowing me to switch with ease between the artistic concept and the actual piece. I use each sculptural form as a tool to illustrate a certain function or narrative. A lot of my work has an installation feel to it, as though it was created for an actual room and place. The overall work exhibits elements of the abstract and the real, ironic, humorous and serious.

Artist Biography
Nicole lives and works in St. Paul, MN. Her studio is kept busy year round, getting ready for new work and exhibitions. She is an Upper School Art Instructor at Nova Classical Academy and cares for her three children. She graduated from Concordia College in 1997, moved to Paris, France to teach at the American School of Paris. In 1999 she moved to Nacogdoches, TX and started an MFA program at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating with an MFA in Ceramics Sculpture and an MA in drawing, she and her husband moved to St. Peter,MN in 2003. She was an Assistant Professor of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College for 6 years before moving to St. Paul in the fall of 2012.