This is a photo of my table in my previous studio when I was working on “Spring For A Doughnut” piece.
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There is just not enough time. I have so many ideas that I’d like to explore but I know in my lifetime I will not create all the ideas in my head. I work a full time job that is not art related and also a part time job. That cuts into creating but it affords me a place to live and puts food on the table. Of course, like every artist out there, I dream of being able to have the luxury of making a living from my art. But the reality is I receive more compliments than sales. Perhaps it’s the type of art I create or the area that I live in. The economy definitely is a factor. Not to mention the art field is very competitive. I am not able to create at the volume others do because I am not wealthy and I have to work outside of my artistic endeavors to survive. Art fairs, competitions and even exhibitions all cost money. It’s difficult for the working artist to compete against the artists who can focus their energy on their craft and have the resources to promote themselves. But I won’t stop creating. And fame is not what I seek as an artist. I want others to enjoy what I create. For the work to spark memories or happiness. Art is meant to be shared.
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Butterfly I (2015) by Jennifer Nichols Mixed media www.jnicholsart.com
These small mixed media flowers are a series that are a direct result of the flowers I created for the Krispy Kreme doughnut sculpture. I enjoyed creating smaller forms and working with paper. The paper has its limits and fading issues which challenged me. Eva Hesse, my inspiration, spoke on the topic of unstable materials. I agree with her opinion though I still have difficulty selling a work that may fade if exposed to intense sunlight for a long period. So I have begun experimenting with different inks and paints that will enhance the color fastness of the piece without compromising the textures within the paper. Every material has some vulnerability to the environment and what it’s exposed to. I hope my work will last a long time and be enjoyed by many.
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I started working on this piece over a year and a half ago. My life has been a little complicated requiring me to leave my studio at Uptown Artworks and to move from Kernersville to Greensboro. Now that things have settled down I have had the opportunity to revisit this piece which will be the third mixed media owl I have created. It’s my goal to have it completed for the show at Willow’s Bistro in May.
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Being an artist is challenging, at least for me. I am not blessed to be in a position to be a full time artist. My life is good but not without it’s challenges. Still I do not regret the path I have chosen. I work hard and try not to let the thing that brings me a joy nothing else can, (making art), be put too far on the back burner. I have learned that one has to live and experience life to make art. My work has definitely transformed over time due to my experiences, what I have been exposed to and learned. I have often struggled between what is art and what is craft as I have tried to explore new materials. But what matters in the end is that I create. That all artists create. And so with the daily struggles of my complicated life, I will never stop creating. Whether it is seen through social media or an exhibit or only delights me hanging in my living room, I will continue to explore the variety of materials I find, transforming them into works of art.
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I'm Jennifer Nichols, a mixed media artist from North Carolina. I enjoy capturing the essence of nature through a variety of materials. I incorporate found objects such as strainers and bottle caps into my work. I am drawn to these items but it is also important to me to do my part to protect our environment by keeping things out of the land fill.