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Nicole Pappalardo. installation. painting. poetry



Nicole Pappalardo

Saint-Cyr, France

installation. painting. poetry.

http://nicolepappalardo.art/

nicole.pappalardo@icloud.com


June 2020

In most of my works I get inspired from the nature that surrounds me; at the moment I live in the french campaign. I get inspired from the vineyard land with golden brown soil and its immense cultivations. The delicate cherry trees and colossal beech trees. I often lay on the ground under the branches of those trees and I watch the clouds pass by. 

There is a river that crosses the region, which has crystal blue water. We like to spend our days over there, eating and talking while the water flows rapidly. 

During the hottest days there is often a gentle wind that carries the smell of grapes.



At the beginning of my residency I decided to focus myself on the theme of nature, as in Europe spring just begun and we were all just watching it blossom from the window of our houses. 

I experimented with Encaustic art by melting candle’s wax and modelling it with acrylic paints and gesso. I also worked with prints made from trunks of trees, dirt and flowers. After three weeks I concluded my first artwork produced during quarantine, called “Imprints of nature”.




Shortly after we all witness a global shift of reality which quickly escalated from the pandemic to the Black Lives Matter Movement originated from the unfair murder of George Floyd. The world was enraged. I personally spent the following weeks educating myself on a topic that has always been hidden from my awareness. 

I realized I was sitting in the comfort of my white privilege.  

I decided to silence myself on my online platforms to enhance the voices of Black people that have been muted for way too long. 

It was and it still is today a very important time of reflection on my beliefs, actions and words I speak. 

During this time I wrote a lot and liberated my feeling onto canvas. 


Interview

How is your creative practice now compared to the beginning of this residency?

I feel more creative and driven. By joining Crisis Residency I have discovered a need to create especially surrounding present thematic that are affecting our daily life. I have also found a great source of inspiration meeting and discovering other artists in the residency.


Do you feel your current work is focused more on your internal environment or external? Could you explain?

Definitely external with a pinch of internal. I feel very connected to many things that have happened this year and as a result my art bases itself from it. My projects tend to be very emotional and personal, I try to translate my thoughts and feelings into lines and colours. The past two weeks I have been working on a project called "May-June", I have been developing the artwork as the social event in the world evolved. The artwork portrays the current simultaneity of events by which the nature flourishes, while humans fight for two pandemics, Covid-19 and 400 years of normalized racism.


Have you expanded outside of your creative comfort zone into experimentation? Do you feel this crisis has affected that decision?

While I was diving into the creation of "May-June" I abandoned my ideals and let emotions define my work. The crisis shifted once again my perspective and changed my priorities as a white woman and as an artist.

The choice of materials has definitely been impacted by the crisis.

I had many ideas but lack of professional mediums and very small budget so I decided to organize myself with what I had at disposition (and with lots of creativity!).

I pretty much rediscovered ordinary objects and experimented in many ways, for example: I used candle and honey wax (the one for shaving) for the encaustic works and natural dyes from tea, coffee and cherry juice when I run out of paint. For the surfaces I used recycled textiles e.g. linen, cotton bed sheets and I also made my own canvas frames from waste wood.

I really enjoyed the process of using unconventional mediums, I think it gave more momentum to the works.


In most of my works I get inspired from the nature that surrounds me; at the moment I live in the french campaign. I get inspired from the vineyard land with golden brown soil and its immense cultivations. The delicate cherry trees and colossal beech trees. I often lay on the ground under the branches of those trees and I watch the clouds pass by. 

There is a river that crosses the region, which has crystal blue water. We like to spend our days over there, eating and talking while the water flows rapidly. 

During the hottest days there is often a gentle wind that carries the smell of grapes.


In my art practice I try to bring some of these moments in the works I create.


May 2020

Interview

What do you miss most right now?

Being around fellow artists; for me sharing ideas and listening to others’ stories is a massive source of inspiration that I find myself lacking of right now


What do you wish you could do creatively at this moment in time?

Use the situation to try new things like this online art residency, I want to experiment a lot and translate the feelings that I experienced during quarantine into artworks


What would you like to have accomplished by the end of this residency?

An awesome experience collaborating with many other artists in my same situation




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