Artist: Nicole Mueller
Medium: acrylic on canvas
"Recently, I've been working on a series of ‘visual diaries,' -spontaneous collages combining painting, drawing, collage, and other elements-based off of feelings, memories, observations, ‘stream of consciousness drawing,' as an attempt at translating experiences onto paper. They contain moments of clarity and moments of absentmindedness, and are representative of thoughts, thus their meaning isn't always clear. These visual diaries have allowed me to express something I'd been unable to achieve in my paintings. While my paintings felt in some way too controlled, these miniature collages were liberated from the fear that seemed present in my ‘academic' figure paintings, were more experimental than what I'd been doing, and felt closer to what I was trying to achieve with my work."