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About Nicole

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Nicole Buckingham Kern attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, in Baltimore, MD, where she earned a BA in Studio Art and Art History, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a MFA in Painting. Buckingham Kern's work has been selected for exhibitions in her home state of Maryland as well as in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California. Several pieces are held in the collection of the Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Maryland University College and... more


Detritus is an ongoing project which examines the process of the creation of a work of art, and the fascination with process over the finished piece. Which is more valuable as a statement as an artist? The process itself/the act of creation (the leavings of the process are not always beautiful/aesthetically pleasing, and are often repulsive. The process, which though tedious, is mentally and physically taxing but gives a sense of satisfaction) or the completed product (which, though beautiful, is often dismissed after only brief inspection, as our attention span decreases in response to our increasingly visually inundated world)? Which should be venerated, process or product?

Each palette is a history of 2-4 hours of work during time spent in my studio painting a portrait based in the techniques of the Northern Renaissance. This preliminary test of the installation is a result of the under-painting process (sometimes mixed media) approach to the creation of a portrait. The intent is to continue this from the initial full value graphite drawing to monochromatic under-painting through to the completion of color glazing.

Detritus began its own body of work, an installation visually and physically separate from the paintings whose creation led to the accumulation of paint and marks left behind on the palettes. As I've continued to work, I've come to realize that the palettes are, however, inherently linked to paintings of which the palettes are a byproduct.

The intent is to install the painting/Althea which results in the creation of the palettes/Detritus walls opposite of each other in an aesthetic/conceptual confrontation/harmony.

Autumn Leaves (Birch Group), curator Peter Bruun

1 Project.

A multi-generational project of Bruun Studios taking place fall 2014 at Area 405, Autumn Leaves brings people together in reflection and celebration of our lives. Using art (an exhibition of 49 portraits by 7 different artists and drawings by Peter Bruun), performance and communal sharing, Autumn Leaves shines a light on Baltimoreans we otherwise might not know, offering a model of healthy community: accepting, empowering, and loving.

7 Events.

Each of 7 FREE events presents a different group of participants, all with something to offer the occasion: visual artists and writers exhibit works and words; youth art groups perform and provide a sense of ritual; "leaves" share autobiographical slide shows and ruminations on meaning; and hosts frame an overall experience all about the autumnal time of our lives.

Dates are as follows: "Poplar" 9/20, 4pm; "Birch" 9/30, 6pm; "Oak" 10/5, 4pm; "Ash" 10/9, 6pm; "Chestnut" 10/14, 6pm; "Maple" 10/18, 4pm; and "Sycamore" 11/2, 4pm.

Come to one event, or come to them all: each is its own rich experience. Limited $7 valet parking available.

49 Leaves.

49 individuals age 50 or older (leaves) are the subject of Autumn Leaves. At each event, 7 leaves share thoughts on three questions: “What gives your life meaning? How do you think about your own dying, or passing? What do you have to say to young people coming after you, or what advice would you give your 21 year-old self?”

Birch Leaves:

Juanita Brown
Tori Burns
Paul Freedman
Rev. Felton Williams
Robert Ginyard
Seth Knopp
Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Birch Artist
Nicole Buckingham Kern

  • Tori

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Seth

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Donna

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Felton

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Paul

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Robert

    acrylic and graphite on claybord
  • Juanita

    acrylic and graphite on claybord

Ordinary Woman, curator Diana Marta

When Diana asked me to participate in “Ordinary Woman” she requested something along the lines of my “wrapped” paintings. This being something I had not delved into for a few years, I dug up my old artist statement… and found this:

“Though it is a personal dilemma, there is a universal facet to this struggle, in that every person experiences this stage of development at one point in their life. I can only experience it as a woman, and I feel that even in this era it is more difficult for women to overcome the ingrained societal expectation of bending to the will of others.”

For “Nike’s Dress” I drew upon this statement, and my love of Classical Greek Sculpture (one of my three dimensional fascinations- the way something so had and solid is made to look like cloth, and reflect the form underneath).

Figurative Portraits/ Narratives

Mixed Media portraits exploring the concept of potential, realize, unrealized, and stymied.

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Nicole's Curated Collection

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