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Nicole Dyer

Millerton, New York

Artist Statement

My work examines a need for excess in the wake of restriction. After 17 years compulsively whittling down the number of foods I allowed myself to eat, last year, at age 28, I was left with just one. As my food list shrank, my paintings ballooned: domestic landscapes crowded with health books and food wrappers and children’s toys, the paint itself bloated with glitter and candy and sea glass. The resulting work is kleptic and obsessive, adorned with shiny objects like a magpie’s nest. My paintings are a meditation on disordered eating in an age of overconsumption.

For someone with an inclination toward indulgence, there’s never been more body-adjacent media to devour: nutrition blogs, wellness influencers, YouTube workout channels, diet books and anti-diet diet books, smoothie recipes with protein powder, before-and-after transformation pics, and so, so, so many photos of food. The infinite scroll goes on ad infinitum. I can’t look away. Binge, restrict, repeat.

Anxiety and confusion about the bodies we live in—what to feed them, how to move them, what they should look like—are not anomalies of our current culture, but symptoms of it. My work is an exercise in having it all.

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Artist Biography

Nicole (Nic) Dyer lives and works in the Hudson Valley. They received a BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland in 2012. Dyer’s most recent solo exhibition, “I HAVE IT ALL”, debuted in 2021 at Gana Art Sounds in Seoul, Korea. Their work was reviewed by Bmore Art Magazine, Issue 11, as well as Artsys, “17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life”. They have shown in many group exhibitions including Hashimoto Contemporary, LA (2021/2019), Carrie Secrist Gallery (2020), and SPRING/BREAK, NYC (2020). Residencies include Glogauair in Berlin, Germany; Lighthouse Works in Fisher Island, NY; Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; ACRE in Steuben, WI; and Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. They are a recipient of a VSC/Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship, the 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semi-finalist and a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields grant.



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