Originally from Boston, Nicole Maynard-Sahar is new to Miami as of June 2017. She is an artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. Over the past twenty years she has had several solo exhibitions at the Bowery Gallery in New York City. Her most recent shows include the official studio tour of Art Basel Miami, La Pinta Art Fair and “New Work” at the Bakehouse Art Complex curated by Justin Long. Her work is recognized by curators nationally and internationally, most notably by Marilyn Symmes, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Susan Cross, Assistant Curator of the Guggenheim Museum and by Judith Hecker, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art.
Maynard-Sahar holds a BFA in painting and art education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned awards at Penn for both painting and color theory.
My paintings communicate visual, sensory, and cognitive phenomena, evoking information gleaned from the natural world. I struggle to bend my vocabulary of color, texture, and marks to match my perceptions. I search for the simplest form that is the essence of what I wish to express. I don’t know what that looks like; I have to flail around blindly, manipulating paint to find meaning. I push around this substance in pursuit of something substantial. The resulting pictures transport the viewer into primordial worlds. The places aren’t quite like ours yet ring true. They are syntheses of the visual world and my thoughts and feelings.
“I met a seer,
Passing the hues and objects of the world,
The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense,
To glean eidólons*…
Ever the mutable,
Ever materials, changing, crumbling, re-cohering,
Ever the ateliers, the factories divine
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Statement: Poetry Drawings
This series of drawings are created using the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate app. They include hand-written excerpts and sometimes complete poems that are in the public domain, particularly poems from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman but also those of Dickinson, St. Vincent Millay and many others. Choosing a poem is a creative act, not unlike Duchamp’s readymades. Once chosen, I extend the “found object” by responding with my own artistic sensibility. Whitman frequently asks the poets of the future to validate his work by expanding upon it. Many poets, artists, musicians and other creatives continue to be inspired by Whitman and, in doing so, exemplify the power of one soul to communicate to another across time through art.
I am currently expanding to collaborate with contemporary poets. These artworks investigate the relationships between poetry and drawing, text and images, collaboration, as well as technology and what is crafted by hand.
*eidólons – 1: an unsubstantial image: phantom 2: ideal
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
“Walt Whitman’s poem by the same name in 1876 used a much broader understanding of the term, expanded and detailed in the poem. In Whitman’s use of the term we can see the use broaden to include the concept of an oversoul composed of the individual souls of all life and expanding to include the Earth itself and the hierarchy of the planets, Sun, stars and galaxy.”