Nicole's work is a fascinating mix of both creepy and calm. She combines soft elements, like birds and small children, with ropes and knives--it's like any contradictory mix of right and wrong, sharp and dull. They certainly make you think.
www.nicolenatri.com and my blog at www.nicolenatri.blogspot.com
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I create spaces suitable for stories, both personal and common.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I mainly work with antique materials (woodcuts, book covers, paper, cut outs, ephemera etc). All my work is handmade, no digital elements. Also, I'd like to paint more, and I have some ideas waiting to be realized.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since 2006-7. I thought I'd try to interpret my stories more visually, since I had been putting all my energy into writing before that. I found the collage technique captured my ideas perfectly so I just kept on working.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: When finishing my studies I'll have an MA in Art History, so I'm hoping to work within that field besides working as an artist.
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I?m self-thought.
Q: Explain your favorite techniques.
A: Often when I get an idea I have to find the right material to express it, which is a part of the progress itself. Sometimes it's the other way around; I see some images and immediately start to place them in various contexts. The backgrounds are my playgrounds, and I do believe less is definitely more.
Q: Describe your favorite piece ever created.
A: Whenever I'm done with a piece, I'm done but sure? I like Siblings.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Danish painter Tom Krestesen and Francis Bacon. I've had the luck to meet Tom at one of his a show openings and I just wish I could have met Francis. They're both sort of my absent mentors?