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Var Gallery 5th Street

Body, Sense: Nicole Woodard

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Body, Sense: Nicole Woodard
Body, Sense: Nicole Woodard

Time & Location

Aug 19, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Var Gallery 5th Street, 423 W Pierce St #1704, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA

About the Event

Var Gallery is pleased to present, “Body Sense”, a solo exhibition of new works by Nicole Woodard.

“Body,  Sense” explores the relationship between portraiture and the human  form. Woodard is motivated by her emotional struggles and confronting  fundamental traumas in her life. Making is intuitive and helps to create  part of herself in a tangible form.

The  process-based works represent how our bodies and identities are in  flux. Ceramic, figurative forms are layered with stains to expose  nuances of the body. “The irregular surface shows the memory of my hand,  where I work by pinching the clay. I build directionally with my mark,  shaping significant features without alteration.” Pyrography is a  technique employed in response to ceramic works. Using molten glass on  paper, the artist slowly layers freehand strokes until she is satisfied  with the image.

Nicole  Rene Woodard is an artist living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She earned a  Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Kansas, and a  Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Nicole was awarded the Foundation Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios  in Kansas City in 2021 and 2022. She has taught foundation and ceramic  courses at Benedictine College and the University of Kansas. Nicole is  exhibiting nationally and has completed short term residencies at the  Hambidge Center and Penland School of Crafts. Nicole is currently the  Pottery Technician at John Michael Kohler Art Center, where she supports  residents in the Pottery at Kohler Co.

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