Nicole Shaver – mixed media
"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 catalog 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 place. From these discoveries, I create visual landscapes that combine reality with an impression, providing a framework that empathizes with our transitioning Earth."