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Meet Nicole Basilone

@ her studio in Jersey City, NJ

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Tell us about yourself & how you became an artist

As a child I would draw sea creatures the entire length of the driveway and do finger painting. My grandmother could sew and her husband carved wood on my mother’s side and on my father’s side my grandmother made pottery after she retired. This was the route of my desire to create but it was never a hobby to me. As a young teen I began to receive a lot of feedback from my art teachers and by high school I was attending portfolio prep courses at Fashion Institute of Technology, a summer course in printmaking at school of visual arts and my high school took us on a field trip to see galleries in Chelsea. At 16 I knew I wanted to be showing and making work my entire life and started researching colleges I wanted to attend.

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What is your art addressing? What kind of message do you want to convey through your art?

As a woman I aim to take up space in the world in a way that historically women could not. My work is mostly landscape based and inherently pulls from ecosystems which are becoming damaged due to the effects of global warming. My work is always referencing art history in some context, the marks, the color or the composition.

What kind of emotions do you want to stir in your audience?

I hope that my work sparks joy, loss, mystery, desire, hope and presence. It’s impossible to know what emotion the audience gets from my work but I do know the work I’m producing is coming from an emotional space that my subconscious is existing in. The brush extends the subliminal, the unconscious on the canvas and exposes my rawest form of self and emotions.

“The brush extends the subliminal, the unconscious on the canvas and exposes my rawest form of self and emotions.”

What is your creative process?

My creative process involves many practices photography, plein air painting and painting in the studio. I photograph things that inspire me constantly mostly nature based but sometimes lighting, textures of fabrics bring me into a special moment and I snap pictures to remember them. Plein air painting is a traditional practice of painting outside in nature and painting the landscape. This practice I adopted in undergraduate studies at MICA and have been using ever since. To get specific references to shapes, lighting and landscapes the plein air practices bridges the gap between making work from life and making work in the studio for me. With the photos, plein air paintings I produce larger work in the studio.

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3 words to describe yourself as an artist

Committed, ambitious, creative

3 words to describe your art

Gestural colorful movement


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Alice's Portal

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Contaminated

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Fossil

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Gold Door

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Your go-to music for when you're working?

I make playlists monthly for the gym and I also use it in the studio. If it gets me motivated to run or be active at the gym it also gets me in the same headspace to paint. Some music I’m listening to now Beach house, grizzly bear and Tame Impala

Favorite movie or show?

Ru Pauls drag race for tv show and movie is the science of sleep

Favorite color?

green

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Do you have a routine or ritual for when you're working?

I’m reading the artist’s way right now so I journal daily. I also make a weekly schedule because I work full time and need to carve out periods of time for uninterrupted studio practice and admin work.

Where / When / How do you get inspired?

Nature inspires me a lot because it allows me to heal and be present in the now. It makes me feel like a scientist when I can stare at a leaf for minutes and at time and inhale the fresh air.

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What makes you happy?

Being in balance with myself in each aspect of my life. I am happiest when I am emotionally, physically and practically balanced in life. This means managing my time well, taking time for me and also my social life.

What impact does living in New York have on you?

I live in Jersey City, NJ but work my day job in NYC. NYC has a heartbeat like no other city has and has the most diverse options for artists. There are more galleries here than anywhere in the world. You can be a tourist and go to Broadway, find the coolest speakeasy kind of bar and actually see and meet living artists.

How has your art changed throughout your career?

I have always tried to challenge myself by doing something new in my practice. In 2017 I started working with watercolors. In 2018 I played more with scale and in 2019 I started painting on circles. 2020 was the year my work became more observational and started making figurative painting for the first time outside of college. Essentially the core of the work is still abstract and landscape based but these new mediums or obstructions always help me freshen up the work.

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What do you want people to know about you or your art that we haven't asked?

I work as a Visual Merchandiser for my full time job and have been doing that for over a decade. This kind of work is creative and allows me to think about color, composition, placement on a regular basis. I’m glad my job has always had creative elements in it because it forces that part of my mind to be awake even when I’m not in the studio. I have also always loved fashion and this career allows me to be creative and play with fashion for work!

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March madness

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Nest

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Nevermind

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Pink Trail

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