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Nicole Woodbury

Ranchero Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84020, U.S.A.
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Phone: 5027672257     Fax: none
URL: http://www.nicolewoodbury.com

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Artist Statement

 

A segment of a whole, a slice, a closer look, within each undulating wave on the ocean, smaller waves surge and fall. Within each smaller wave, still smaller waves swell and slump in a fractal rhythm, in chaotic balance. I began by sculpting the impression of undulating waves into a square of solid porcelain. This cross-sectioned visage alludes to the principle of fractals, which implements the study of a smaller portion in order to understand a greater whole. Fractals abide in the branches of trees, in the delicate lines of snowflakes, and in the thoughts, actions and habits that make up a lifetime. Within each lifetime, smaller years surge and fall, within each year, smaller months swell and slump; within each week, within each day, the pattern repeats. After forming the clay into the shape of waves, I carefully carved and precisely pierced the details of a bone marrow matrix. Within the marrow of our bones, a microscopic rivalry persists between osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Rise and fall, in and out, push and pull, osteoblasts busily build up the bone while the osteoclasts constantly consume it. Disrupt this balance, give favor to the productive osteoblasts, and the bones become deformed; give favor to the cleansing osteoclasts, and the bones become weak and brittle. This continuous opposition allows bone to be one of the strongest materials in the world while still maintaining a light weight and relative flexibility. But bone is still susceptible to life's random jolts and impacts. A simple jump causes a tremulous ripple that violently pulses up and down the legs inducing tiny fractures to emanate throughout the matrix of the bone marrow. The osteoblasts infuse the scene, not only repairing all the tiny fractures, but reinforcing them as well. It is in these areas that bone density increases. The more these jolts occur, the stronger the bones become. During the drying process, the piece itself designed the pattern of the fractures and I simply let them spread across the carving. Just as with a bone, a life carries a rhythm of rise and fall, calm and storm, joy and pain. And like bone, if we can use opposition to our advantage, then perhaps we can not only survive the storms, but thrive in them as well. It is the balance between the storms of life and the calm, that give strength to our souls and shape our characters. This piece suggests a segment of a greater whole, and uses the likeness of bone marrow to represent the struggle and utility of opposition. 

 

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Education

2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Brigham Young University Provo, UT

 

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Shapes of Influence (Juried) – Springfield Art Gallery, Springfield, IL

2014 Art Comes Alive (Juried) – Art Design Consultants Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2010 11th Fine Arts Show (online juried exhibition) – American Juried Art Salon Fall/Winter International Fine Arts show

2009 Her Simple Thread (solo exhibition) – Gallery 303, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2009 Repetition and Growth (two person exhibition) – B.F. Larsen Gallery, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2009 Y Sculpture (Invitational)- Snow Art Gallery, Snow College, Ephriam, UT

2008 BYU Annual Student Show (Juried)- B.F. Larsen Gallery, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2008 24th Annual Mud Show (Invitational) – Gallery 303, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2008 Vending Machine Show (Fund Raiser) – B.F. Larsen Gallery, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

 

Publications

 

2010 Intersections - Utah Valley University Journal, June 2010, cover photo

 

Awards

2014 Purchase Award, Art Comes Alive 2014, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH

2008 Visual Arts Talent Award, College of Fine Arts and Communication, BYU, Provo, UT