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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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  • The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults
    2007
    Woodcut and letterpress
    Page from The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults, a limited edition artist book consisting of faults collected anonymously over a period of about a year from willing volunteers who responded

  • The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults
    2007
    Woodcut and letterpress
    Page from The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults, a limited edition artist book consisting of faults collected anonymously over a period of about a year from willing volunteers who responded

  • The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults
    2007
    Woodcut and letterpress
    Page from The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults, a limited edition artist book consisting of faults collected anonymously over a period of about a year from willing volunteers who responded

  • The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults
    2007
    Woodcut and letterpress
    Page from The McGinley Paper Company Sample Book of Faults, a limited edition artist book consisting of faults collected anonymously over a period of about a year from willing volunteers who responded

  • Placeholder
    2008
    Letterpress, acrylic, and beeswax on paper
    laceholder: A term, sign or some other thing which generally stands in the place of a term, etc., with a specific meaning. A symbol or a piece of text used in an instruction in a computer program t

  • Hatson
    2008
    Ink on paper

  • Phosphorescent
    2008
    ink on paper

  • Salivate
    2008
    Ink on paper

  • Fuming a Little
    2007
    ink on paper with collaged lettterpress text
    A series of drawings with collaged letterpress text, organized around the urge to collect. The drawings are based on printed images from an 18th century natural history collection of animals both real

  • The Internal Glow of Electric Hearts
    2009
    Letterpress poster

  • Plush, Protective
    2009
    Letterpress poster

  • Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
    2010
    Letterpress hand bound artist book
    A limited edition letterpress publication documenting the transformational experience in all its forms. By bringing together in one volume the wisdom of Adolf Loos, The Landmark Forum, Weight Watc

  • Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
    2009
    Letterpress hand bound artist book
    A limited edition letterpress publication documenting the transformational experience in all its forms. By bringing together in one volume the wisdom of Adolf Loos, The Landmark Forum, Weight Watc

  • Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
    2009
    Letterpress hand bound artist book
    A limited edition letterpress publication documenting the transformational experience in all its forms. By bringing together in one volume the wisdom of Adolf Loos, The Landmark Forum, Weight Watc

  • Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
    2009
    Letterpress hand bound artist book
    A limited edition letterpress publication documenting the transformational experience in all its forms. By bringing together in one volume the wisdom of Adolf Loos, The Landmark Forum, Weight Watc

  • Phosphorescent Face Highlighter
    2009
    Letterpress hand bound artist book
    A limited edition letterpress publication documenting the transformational experience in all its forms. By bringing together in one volume the wisdom of Adolf Loos, The Landmark Forum, Weight Watc
 








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