Studio Visit: S. Nicole Lane

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S. Nicole Lane is an artist living and working in Chicago.  Her work can be seen in PLEAT's October 2017 exhibition as well as

Please describe your work.
My work is driven by my interest in the body, flesh, sexuality, and creating non-binary forms. I want for my pieces to display something that appears to be somewhat familiar, but estranged from solid factual anatomy. Looking at an ear canal is where I may begin my research for a piece and ending in a myriad of folds is where it may end. 

I want for my work to center on the skin, and natural structures, while playing around with the absurdity of the human form and sexuality. 

What internal and external factors motivate your conceptual choices? 
My work is influenced by my actual "work," as in my paying job as a journalist. I'm not sure what came first, writing or art, but both are inexplicably intertwined. My career as a health and sex journalist influences my curiosity towards shapes and the interior components of our body's, mostly bodies with a cervix. 

Struggling with my own personal health problems, I engage most of my thought processes, anxiety's, and mentality around my shell, my skin, and my figure. Because of the constant desire to understand my condition, I respond to the dissatisfaction by creating slick, artificial parts that hold no purpose in the larger scope of the human body. 

I want to create pieces that are playful and repulsive — sick and restored. 

Who are your artistic influences and what have you learned from them? 
Everything Eva Hesse. John Coplans and his self-portraits as an aging man — so influential to me as an artist! Francesca Woodman's work and life are still close to my heart as it explores and expands on the body. 

Others include: Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Agnes Martin, the Viennese Actionists. 

How has social media affected your social practice?
For a few years, I would obsessively check Tumblr and compare my work to others. It became a such a problem that I would spend most of my time scrolling on my computer rather than working on my practice. After some effort, I decided to remove myself from that form of online networking and disconnect myself from comparison. However, I find Instagram such a fun and positive space to share work and find artists who you can connect with on a visual level. I've found out about art galleries, residencies, collectives, and fellow artists through the platform. 

I think it's important for us to connect across the world or even in our own city.