Nicole’s work often touches on themes of identity, primarily sexuality, gender and race. As a native New Yorker and a first generation American Dominican, her conceptual work often speaks about the issues she has been confronted with her entire life. “There’s been this new focus on young, ‘feminist’ female artists in the art and fashion worlds, but just like in the second-wave movement, the voices of women of color or lower classes are excluded and not paid attention to” she tells us. “I want to make work for our generation of ‘interns’ and the ones to come that transcends this institutional practice and expands the discourse on issues that affect me and my peers”.
Hi, my name is Edward Lee, a psychology student at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. I am someone who is influenced by spirituality, tarot, philosophy, martial arts, and poetry. I take these interests with me anywhere and everywhere. For me, these interests are the basis of getting deeply in touch with my personal emotions and expressing them through words and motion.
When I draw or create artwork, I am inspired by the knowledge I have acquired from The New School. I am inspired by Sigmund Freud’s and Carl Jung’s psycho-analysis of the sub-conscious through dream interpretation. I am also inspired by theology and teleology, specifically on the question of human morals and ethics and how they relate to our influences by God and religious beliefs. Religious symbolism and the intrinsic nature of human existence are subjects I like to question myself and my peers. Other things that inspires me are my own experiences as a human being and my interaction with others. I am inspired by my own emotions and how they affect me.
Some artists that inspire me are Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Emile Bernard, and Vincent Van Gogh.