ELISE NICOL

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Argus "Lady Carefree" 126 catridge cameraArtist Statement

My first camera was an Argus 126 cartridge camera my mother purchased with S&H Green Stamps. It was made of off-white plastic and featured a leafy gold filigree pattern on the front and the model name “Lady Carefree” printed large and in script at the top near the viewfinder. It was embarrassing.

Still, I carried that camera everywhere, pointing it at tree branches, blades of grass, and bits of debris. I was looking for secrets, I think, or buried treasure, maybe, that would show me something outside my small hometown, if only for a moment or two.

All that’s left of that Argus is my affection for it and my gratitude for the lifetime of image-making it helped begin. These days, I carry a slightly more sophisticated camera, and I work in a variety of photo-based print media. But my imagery hasn’t really changed.

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I’m still truly interested in the overlooked, the ephemeral, and all that grows unmanaged in the physical world. These things still free me in a way, giving me what I need to explore what’s both abstract and representational, meditative and ominous, extremely complex and, sometimes, simply and clearly black and white.

Bio

Elise Nicol is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her prints and photographs have been shown in exhibitions hosted by The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Buddy Holly Fine Art Center, Lubbock, TX; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO; Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University, Chico, CA; and Soho Photo, New York, NY, among other venues. Her work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Photomedia Center, Erie, PA; Graphic Chemical and Ink Company, Villa Park, IL; and more.

  • Recent Work
Watching the River
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Watching the River

From a Different Sky
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From a Different Sky

Every Day, Remembering How to Fly
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Every Day, Remembering How to Fly

Paparazzi
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Paparazzi