BAYarts features Nicole Schneider's 'Negotiations'

"Negotiations 15" by Nicole Schneider

"Some people say I have great attention to detail," starts off artist Nicole Schneider. "But really, I think I just have OCD," she finishes with a laugh.

When it comes to decision making, the artist explains that she has to "think through even the most basic decisions a thousand times before I make a move. I am constantly considering the question of 'What If?'" And thus, her art for the BAYarts exhibition "The Color of Walls" was born. The work is from a series called "Negotiations" and has been honed through "endless variations in similar visual elements" for the end result to form.

Each piece of work began as scribbles in sketchbooks that were photocopied into different sizes. Through layers of silkscreen prints and reliefs, the pieces evolved.

The artwork has an ongoing conversation between discipline and anarchy. Along with those suggestive scribbles, there are organic drips from spray paint and smears of paint. These play against geometric shapes that have no time for nonsense.

Schneider likes the contrast because of what it says about thoughts. "The interplay and repetition of these opposing formal elements create a visual dialog that mimics the way the brain gathers, organizes, and prioritizes information."

Schneider says that her thoughts have been drawn to "themes of order and chaos" because of the "psychological processes of trying to impose order over chaos, or even just attempting to make sense of the chaos" that happens when you're a mother of an 8-month-old and a 3-year-old.

Much like living with children, her art is exciting and full of surprises.

An opening reception will be held Friday, April 12, 7-9 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through May 3.

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.

BAYarts is a cultural arts campus that features education, exhibition and events. 

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.02.2019