Nickola Dudley’s earlier work mainly consisted of family and friends in mundane situations. Even though the subjects stood or sat close together there was never any interaction or tension. They kept their distance, remaining remote and seemed content in doing so. The artist eventually became more interested in the space between them and started pulling the areas out. These spaces soon became her new subjects.
This transition occurred over the span of five to seven years sometimes incorporating icons such as road medians, bridges and small buildings including any repetitive vertical lines in the landscape. The structures allow the artist to coordinate boundaries, something we all set and encounter everyday. Although physical boundaries are obvious Ms. Dudley’s work represents the interpersonal and emotional decisions we make that determine distances (even in small areas) with others.
Ms. Dudley use’s multiple layers of paint to build her colors and wants even the strongest reds to elicit calm. There is usually a feeling of weight at the bottom or midline to aid in stability and settling.
Her intention is for the viewer to be comfortable with her work.
To view more of Nickola Dudley’s art visit: www.nickoladudley.com
July 6–Aug. 15 • 2007
UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Gallery
The University of North Carolina at Asheville