Nicole Shaver grew up in Port Washington 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 and has a painting studio on Franklin Street above Gallery 224.
"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."