I endeavor to understand ‘place’ by engaging fully with its material value, elevating banal human detritus and local geology to the artistic practice. I am interested in the intersection between the natural and the man-made, objects that seem otherworldly and can catalogue the growth of our planet. I record this investigation of the Anthropocene, our current man-made geological era, through image-making, employing interdisciplinary media: installation, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
My collected specimens, historical research, and genuine spatial interaction become semiotic compasses to help me navigate the undiscovered identities of places. From these discoveries, I create visual landscapes that combine reality with impression, providing a framework that empathizes with our transitioning Earth.
Nicole Shaver grew up along Lake Michigan, where she skipped rocks and watched fisherman gut salmon as a child. Largely inspired by ideas of place and belonging, she researches geographical sites and employs them as metaphorical compasses to navigate the space between reality and fantasy, the banal and the sublime. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She has attended artist residencies in Colorado, Iceland, North Carolina, Ohio, Portugal, Vancouver and Wisconsin, while exhibiting internationally.
Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and published in New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine. Shaver is committed to the artistic growth in Port Washington, volunteering for the Port Washington Arts Council and Gallery 224 as well as an artist in residence at Studio 224, a printmaking and photography space. She maintains a painting studio on Franklin Street in Port Washington.