Art Residence: Nicole Banowetz (USA)


01.03 - 29.03.2015

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Program: [Art residence]

From March 1 to March 29,2015 an American artist Nicole Anona Banowetz will be working at the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt.

Nicole Anona Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.
Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also lived and worked internationally creating mosaic work in Chandigargh, India and working and showing in Italy, Ireland, and England. Nicole is currently a member of Pirate Gallery in Denver and has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, the Arvada Center and Ironton Gallery. Nicole is currently living in Berlin, Germany.

“I create sewn inflatable sculpture. My forms are inspired by animal and plant life. When I looked at images of Kronstadt I imagined a form; half ship, and half sea creature. This form exists somewhere between machine and animal. The deflated white ghost like skin of this form sits nestled amongst the ruins of the fort or shipyards, inviting the viewer to enter. I want the viewer to enter into the skin of the form, physically stepping into the creature. While inside the form the outside world disappears and the viewer is enveloped in white. This void separates them from the landscape and the history of the place. The space is complexly disorienting, calm, and absent. The viewer is filled with the awe of such a disorienting space. The light filters through the fabric creating shadows and drawing attention to sewn cavities.”

On March 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. Nicole Banowetz will present her new inflatable sculpture "The Vessel: An Internal Expanse" inspired by and created in the town of Kronstadt.  Everyone interested is invited. The presentation will be held at the residence address: Kronstadt, Yakornaya square, 2B ( More information: (812) 670 85 30.


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