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Kristina Johnson, Director
Jehra Patrick, Founder

Sarah Nicole
Hold You
January 25th, 2021-Feb 11th, 2021

Waiting Room presents a digital exhibition of Sarah Nicole’s paintings, a selection of recent work believed to hold a mirror to sacred moments in the artist’s current day-to-day. In tandem with the global pandemic and the country living in and out of lockdowns, it's an arguably perfect time to look back on some of the artwork made over the last year, capturing a snapshot of a creator in solitude.

Sarah’s process-based works are examples of practice as meditation and healing. The white walls of her studio present themselves as a neutral ground, reassuring her of its intended provision for contemplation. Inside of this space, she explores what qualities of balance and openness can look like when handling her materials. Like any balancing act, she also takes to its contrast, keeping mind the uniqueness that comes in producing a single brush stroke or mark. One move has the capacity to encapsulate feelings of sadness, restraint, and fear. Large stretched canvases and broad brushstrokes form a vernacular that uses her whole body to create. She becomes a part of the painting and as she moves, the canvas is absorbing her deep meditative state, reflecting a nurturing balance of emotions. Sarah is able to calm her anxieties with painting, giving herself time to decompress what we have experienced collectively and individually throughout the pandemic. In an epoch of chaos, the space we use to engage in creation is sacred, and this artist is constantly working to keep it so by expressing her innermost self against its walls. 

Sarah Nicole is a visual artist and curator based in Minneapolis. After receiving a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2018, she began producing exhibition opportunities and community events - taking inspiration from her contemporary research. Sarah currently works with the Minneapolis based organization, Public Functionary, and maintains a studio practice within their program.

She has exhibited her work at Miami Art Week with Good To Know, at Sure Space Gallery, at Lanesboro Gallery, at 700 Central, and is in the permanent collection of the Wasserman Projects.

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