This is a true mentor....
Nicole's work has developed rapidly during the semester. She has easily moved between an intellectual focus on content to an exploratory investigation of form. Taking her initial concerns with the environmentally destructive properties of industrial farming she has been engaged in finding an appropriate visual language. Societal critique in visual art can frequently be overly didactic but Nicole is gradually creating metaphors that guide the viewer gently into their own investigation of the matter.
Particularly strong are the pieces that envelop the egg in tough "protective" material such as chicken wire or rough wood. The contradiction in possible meaning between "safety" and "imprisoned" is powerful and allows the viewer to broaden his or her own interpretation beyond any direct reference to eggs or chickens.
Additionally the use of similar conjunctions of materials with reference to the human formallows connection to the body and particularly egg as "new life". Nicole has taken several successful series of photographs and I recommend shooting this particular piece in a variety of locations that would emphasize the fragility of the egg. For example placing the sculpture in an oil slick or other pollution or fire. So we ask from what is the egg being protected?
Other pieces hint at corporate monopolies: logos stamped on eggs; contrast between hand made paper pulp containers and store bought eggboxes.
As mentioned above photography is becoming an important tool for Nicole. Her use ofthe diptych brings us to examine closely the true nature, color, size and shape of "natural" eggs as opposed to those industrially produced. Do we ever really look at their forms? With these photographs we are given this opportunity. Change in scale here might elevate the differences - eggs as portraits Avedon style?
thank you Erica!