Thesis: Nicole Marandola

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses 2014.

The following images are from Nicole Marandola’s thesis exhibition, In Collaboration. She is graduating with a BFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. Here is a brief statement…

Where do our things go when we die? I only know the answer to this question because I work with materials from my father’s business – a dumpster company. It is in this environment of discarded goods that I find, sort, and select the material for my work. Though my collaborators are unknown, we work together: their presence has been written into their objects. My response to a life-time worth of collecting is to create paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures that speak about individual fascinations, the economy of death and a redefined existence. From casting and pouring to printing and welding, my work explores the tangible materials left behind. Through objects collected and transformed, those who were once consumers in their passing become my producers, participating in the reinvention of material in the modern American waste industry.

I classify and separate the materials from each dumpster; steel, aluminum, copper, brass, cardboard, wood, wire, household items, and if were lucky, gold. We gather these belongings and sell them, taking what has been left behind and making it part of ourselves. This company has not only become the way we earn a living but a practice in which we come together to construct objects that illustrate a reality in which we live. This reality includes our own involvement in a materialistic culture and a recognition of our need for excess to survive as a company. My body of work represents a movement from one condition to another and reflects the way in which I see, react, and choose objects that satisfy my love for discovery and connection to the people who once owned them and to the viewers who will continue to engage in my contribution with them.

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One Response to “Thesis: Nicole Marandola”

  1. Laia says:

    Really love this approach to materials!

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