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About Nicole

Baltimore County

Nicole Lenzi’s work questions what a drawing is and its link to thinking. She takes a interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installations, photography, and works on paper. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally, in the United Kingdom, and South Korea.. She recently exhbited in Drawn to Time,  organized by he Drawing Research Network's Temporal Drawing Conference at Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK.  She has a B.... more

Time Lines (Projections). 2022-Ongoing.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time,  architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.

Time Lines (Projections)  are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. 

Newman's statement, “A mark is a sign of thought.”, informs my Art on many levels. As the hand or body makes a line across paper or space, what happens inside the mind? This has led to an interest in the relationship between drawing and time. How is time experienced when mark making?  What can emerge from a dialogue between a two dimensional and three dimensional line? Various philosophies, particularly Taoism, also  inform and guide my practice. It encourages forming perspectives from an even place.  In my current work, Time Lines, marks are generic and nondescript. These qualities leave them open for interpretation, as they suggest rather than show. Drawings grow out of light and shadow interactions. In this series, I traced sunlight as it moved in relation to architecture over several minutes or hours. Tracing and recording shadows bridges the internal world of thought with the external happenings of my surroundings. Marking their movement leads me to experience the ephemeral and encourages keen observation and reflection. Engagement in this practice over time leads to surprising microscopic and macrocosmic interconnections. Surprising alignments and harmonies emerge from the process that piques curiosity to see what happens next. 

Between 0 and 1. 2020-2022.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time, architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.

“All things are continually interacting with each other, and in doing so each bears the traces of that with which it has interacted:...”
― Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Between 0 and 1 explores the link between drawing, time, and thinking. at the quantum level. In the quantum world, myriad interactions occur in matter between 0 and 1. In these works, the conglomeration and interplay of lines drawn over time become metaphors for the ephemeral nature of thought. Surprise alignments bring about moments of clarity and understanding.

Walking Drawings. (In Between Errands). 2021.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time,  architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.

What if drawing became more an intergral part of daily life? This past year, I began Walking Drawings as part of a project called Passing Through, orchestrated by artist Sarah Tutt. The project centered around mapping the lines seen when walking the same urban route twelve times.

I found the activity aligned with interests in merging drawing with daily life as well as interests in mark making and thought. The activity evolved into drawing during the in-between moments of a day. These include when running errands and taking walks after work. Mark making during these mundane activities is giving a new perspective on the link between drawing and thinking and how to experience the medium.

Walking Drawings. (Sidewalk Nature Walk).2021.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time,  architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.   

What if drawing became more an intergral part of daily life? This past year, I began Walking Drawings as part of a project called Passing Through, orchestrated by artist Sarah Tutt. The project centered around mapping the lines seen when walking the same urban route twelve times.

I found the activity aligned with interests in merging drawing with daily life as well as interests in mark making and thought. The activity evolved into drawing during the in-between moments of a day. These include when running errands and taking walks after work. Mark making during these mundane activities is giving a new perspective on the link between drawing and thinking and how to experience the medium.

Desert Demarcations. 2022.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time,  architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.  

Desert Demarcations are responses to the Western landscape. By definition, a demarcation is the act of fixing a boundary or limit on something. In these works, I arranged or “drew” with rods in the Nevada and Arizona deserts to establish thresholds from which to view and experience the surrounding landscapes. They are inspired by Donald Judd’s 15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-1984.  Judd used large scale cement slabs in this installation, speaking to the masculine. Desert Demarcations, contrastingly, are made with small scale everyday materials, referencing the feminine.

In Between Classes. 2021-Ongoing.

My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that are signs of time and, referencing artist Avis Newman, thought. I take an interdisciplinary approach to expand the concept of drawing that includes installation, works on paper, and photography. Eastern philosophy, time,  architecture, and the everyday are influences. I work responsively between all of these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.
 
Recent installations, In Between Classes,  focus on temporality and the interplay of light and shadow upon architecture or geometric structures. Works explore how drawings can develop from this everyday phenomenon. They grow out of moments in time; when light enters a window or peeps through the slits in a wooden deck. Interventions are made with small scale geometric materials like cinderblocks to stir a drawing into being. Shifts in lighting and shadow are documented. Times are recorded in titles. Like Walking Drawings, they are created in the in between moments, in this case classes of the workday.

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