Kiya Nicole

Kiya Nicole

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    Ceramics

    Artist's Statement

    My work is centered around meditative art practices inspired by connectivity, nature, and relationships. I believe that through art comes healing and understanding between people and the land in which we inhabit. I pursue work that I hope foster a sense of peace, curiosity, and self reflection.

    My process draws from and relies on sensation, memory by exploring interconnected relationships between the body and forces in nature. By highlighting intricacies of the natural world that I feel are often overlooked, I hope to draw attention to the connection and impact we have on our surroundings, and the resources within oneself to create change. In these times I ask myself; how do we deal with existential threats to our environment, freedom, and the wellbeing of those we care about. How can the pursuit of beauty, delicacy, and form, aid in the fight for equality and environmental sustainability?

    In my work I am searching for a balance of light and dark. I do this through exploration of structure and control, and the wild forms of the unknown. How can simple objects made of mud transcend to become something ethereal and inspiring. How can we turn an increasing sense of hopelessness and fear into action and beauty? As an individual dealing with over 10 years of chronic pain, I consider the body and one's agency when creating work. Using sensation, tactility, and intuition to guide the work.

    Selected Exhibitions

    2020
    Sacrosanct Gallery, online exhibition

    Dreams and the Unconscious Mind

    Permutations

    PAFA Alumni Show, Borrelli's Chestnut Hill Gallery, Chestnut Hill, PA

    2019
    InLiquid Benefit Auction, InLiquid Gallery and Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Song of Colors, FMC, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Pairings, Elfant Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA

    Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Emerging Artists, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

    PAFA: Now, NOBA Artspace, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Art of Agriculture, FMC, Philadelphia, PA

    Creation, Westside, Philadelphia, PA

    Bacchanal, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Rogue Rogue, Legend Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2016
    Good Fellows, Gallery 128, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Crosscurrents, Annenberg Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    The Art of Climate Action with NextGen Climate, Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Origins, Crawford Gallery, Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill, PA

    2015
    Student Exhibition, Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, Paros, Greece

    2013
    Fennario Coffee Shop, West Chester, PA
    Two-person exhibition

    Student Exhibition, Bayard Rustin School, West Chester, PA

    2012
    Juried Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, Chester County, PA

    2011
    Borough of West Chester Municipal Building, West Chester, PA

    Student Exhibition, Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, Chester County, PA

    Professional Experience

    Masano Art Studio
    Founder

    2018 - 2020
    Coursehourse
    Instructor, Lead artist - Philadelphia arts and education partnership

    2019
    Ambler Center for the Arts, Ambler, PA
    Pottery teacher

    2018 - 2019
    In Home Adventure, Philadelphia, PA
    Lead Artist

    2018
    Montgomery School, Chester Springs, PA
    Visiting Artist

    PAFA Family Arts Academy, Philadelphia, PA
    Instructor (March)

    2017
    PAFA Family Arts Academy, Philadelphia, PA
    Instructor (April)

    2016
    PAFA Family Arts Academy, Philadelphia, PA
    Instructor (October)

    2014
    Paint Party Life
    Instructor

    Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, Brooklyn, NY
    Teaching ASsistant

    Residencies

    2016
    The Rice Place

    Listhus

    Sarasvati

    Centre d'Arti i Natura

    Education

    2018
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Sculpture Concentration

    2015
    Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, Paros, Greece
    Painting, photography, figure drawing, book arts, poetry, art history

    2014
    Spring Street Studio, New York, NY
    Figure Drawing

    2013
    Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
    Ceramic sculpture