My work is part of a hybrid movement emerging from ceramics, in which materiality and temporality are grounds for a conceptual framework. I embrace the haptic qualities of clay and use other malleable materials—such as plaster, chalk, rain, snow, and sunlight—to create ephemeral public interventions that track and trace particular moments in time between people and place. Sometimes the installations absorb and erode in a manner of days, weeks, or months; in other instances the work exists as an organized event for a specific duration. I am interested in using time, ritual and material to create new histories and new relationships between people and the urban landscape. My work is at once sculptural, site-responsive, performative, and participatory. I directly engage others in my process and often position myself as ‘facilitator’ in order to question authorship and to blur the overlapping roles of artist/viewer/participant/collaborator.
Nicole Seisler received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited her work at international venues including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee; Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; Alto Galleria, Brussels; and Flash Atoyle in Izmir, Turkey. Reviews of Nicole’s work have been published in Ceramics Monthly, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Palm Beach Arts Paper. Nicole has been awarded the City of Boston Public Art Grant, the Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Fund, and she received the Maria Scholarship for her residency with ACRE Projects. Nicole is currently an Instructor of Ceramics and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics at Lake Forest College.