Nick Shindell

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Nick Shindell

My studio practice consists of harboring found objects and conveying the mystery of their being through painting. Instead of relying on familiar objects for visual representation I am able to construct environments for these pre crafted objects and the happenstance, coincidence, and mystery of their form. 

The dictating factor in my painting process is mainly based on the construction and deconstruction of figure and ground as factual or emotional narrative becomes present. Often times, my pictures build off of the myth of object hood that previous paintings have produced.

The most recent narrative developing in my work is the imagined story of a full-scale plaster crafted figure, the basement lady. The series of works produced were informed by another’s account of the basement lady. Upon encountering the abused and androgenized plaster figure I was immediately aware of the serendipitous relation to my thoughts and previous aesthetic approaches. In turn, I have developed not only a myth of the object, but aesthetic boundaries in which it occupies in order to solidify its esoteric presence.