Candace Nicol

 

Candace Nicol is the owner of Oxboo Press and gallery curator at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada.  Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and occupies such prestigious permanent collections as the Boise Art Museum, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University, Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Kinsey Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Painting and Sculpture Museum Association, Istanbul, Turkey.  She has been awarded the distinguished Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in 2009 and recently been awarded an honorable mention in Printmaking Today, a review of fine art printmaking at the Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, and the Castle of Castiglione Museum, Abruzzo, Italy.  Nicol’s work can also be seen in 100 Artists of the Male Figure by E.Gibbons.

Candace Nicol’s Postures and Parts, the Male Nude Series consists of large-scale representations of male nudes. Photos of Candace’s male friends and models are photographed and then composed, manipulated, and enlarged in Photoshop, and printed using an Epson 2200 pigment ink printer. The printed images are cut and mounted on 8”x 8” or 10”x 10” frames. These components are then reassembled along a grid format to suggest fragmentation and mapping of the body surface, eventually glazed in layers of walnut oil pigments and resin.

Her work can be described as a fusion between printmaking, painting, and digital photography. The “gigantic men” seem to float between a layer of digital color and oil glaze, thinly sliced within a framework and ultimately trapped under a thin sheet of resin. The largeness of scale and the layering of glazes and resin over the prints result in a vista of pleasure, defamiliarizing body parts and emphasizing contradictions to the idealized forms in Western culture.

Nicol explains, “Throughout the process of creating Postures and Parts, the Male Nude series, it has been important for me to reveal, unveil, and accept the desires we have for one another, regardless of sex and gender. Consequently, in my search for understanding the male form, I have realized that I would be creating art that would be indulgent, sensual and erotic for me, for other women, and also, for men. I do understand that there may be issues of homophobia and difference that surface, giving me insight concerning the insecurities and attitudes men have towards their own bodies and the social taboos that inhibit men looking at men.”