Nichole Speciale

My practice is propelled by the absurdity of suburban culture and the barrier that is social masking. I am questioning the prescribed way of life found in the chain stores, the strip malls, and the notion of the ideal American. Why is the social mask so necessary? The real is constantly hidden by the feigned persona we transmit to bring ourselves closer to the ideal. But no one is ideal, and yet the mask is still necessary. I can't help, but try and remove the mask by making paintings that are informal and crudely constructed. I can no longer overlook the fact that there is a reality external to the world of the canvas, so I attempt to reveal the things that get ignored—the suspension of disbelief. Within this attempt, I find myself working through different processes and ways of constructing, making the work just as much about materiality as it is about culture.

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