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Sarah Nicholls
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work revolves around the borrowed insecure authority of printed language. I use that tone of authority to explore the comforts and limitations of community: what kinds of things bind people together, and why it is difficult to hold that in place. I am fascinated by the way language can be used to prevent communication as easily as it can be used to foster it. I build texts by moving back and forth between collecting language and editing/rewriting. These texts often deal with time, patterns of behavior, transformation, and collections of knowledge. I am fascinated by the interior monologue, and the kind of interior lapses in time that reading creates. I set and print my texts in lead type by hand, and am fascinated by the ritualized, physical nature of the activity. I believe bodily movement is the foundation of language, that the experiences of touch and grip give language its power. I produce works which depend both on the accumulation of experience and the repetition of motion. I am interested in the ways that the process of making relates to discipline and physical endurance. Repetitive, meticulous labor is a form of training, and can serve as a way to both hold onto and to subvert uncomfortable emotions.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Sarah Nicholls
sanickels@hotmail.com
http://sarahnicholls.com
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Phosphorescent Face Highlighter, Fountain Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2010
The Sketchbook Project Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2010
Show and Bestow, Free Library of Philadelphia, PA 2009
New Prints 2009/Autumn, IPCNY, NY NY 2009
Out Of Sorts, Sudio Miko, Brooklyn, NY 2009
Consent CUNY Graduate Center, NY NY 2008
Secrets and Lies 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR 2008
Sit Down and Read The K Gallery, Alameda, CA 2008
New Prints Fall 2007 IPCNY NY,NY 2007
The Artist Book Library Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 2007
Singular Objects Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn NY 2007
Contemporary Letterpress MCLA Gallery 1, North Adams, MA 2007
Making Your Mark Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, NY 2006
Bookmobile 2005 Collection, Project Mobilivre 2005
Bright Hill Press Juried Book Arts Exhibit 2004
Bookmobile 2003 Collection, Project Mobilivre 2003
Dreams and Nightmares The NYPL Donnell Library Center 2002
Artist’s Books 2002 Cuesta College Art Gallery 2002
PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
Moderator-The Chapbook As Art Object, Panel Discussion, 2010 Festival of the Chapbook, CUNY Graduate Center, NY NY 2010
Visiting Speaker, Publishing in the City, NYU MFA Writing Program, New York, 2009
Moderator-The Embroidered Word Panel Discussion, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2007
Contemporary Printmaking Symposium, Abrons Art Center, New York, 2005
COLLECTIONS
Michigan State University
Oberlin College
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stamford University
Topeka Public Library
UC Santa Barbara
UC San Diego
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington
Universiy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Virginia Commonwealth University
California State University at Hayward
Franklin Furnace Archive/MOMA Library
Manhattan Graphics Center
The Center for Book Arts
AWARDS
Summer 2008 Scholarship—Penland School of Crafts
Fall 2005 Scholarship—Manhattan Graphics Center
Summer 2003 Scholarship—Penland School of Crafts
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Programs Manager, The Center for Books Arts, NY
2002-present
EDUCATION
1996 BA Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
 








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