nicole gugliotti is a socially engaged craft artist making work that intersects craft and reproductive/social justice.
She was born and raised under the hot Florida sun and completed her MFA at the University of Florida and her BFA at Florida Atlantic University. She has exhibited solo exhibitions at the Alexander Brest Gallery in Jacksonville, FL, The Institute of Ceramic Studies at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan and the Tim Salen Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL.
Currently based in Olympia, WA, nicole is the Instruction and Classroom Support Technician in the Art Department at South Puget Sound Community College and the inaugural artist in residence at Arbutus Folk School.
I start with minimal, elemental materials such as clay, glaze, wood, metal. I pull from my research on wonder and beauty and pile, grid, suspend or scatter these elements in the gallery. I work like a poet arranging words, creating a composition that expresses what is in my heart. I inject pointed, direct content into these compositions in order to create vulnerability around topics that may seem incendiary. Video, audio and/or interactivity further add to the content and atmosphere. The observation and interaction of the viewer, the connection that may or may not occur, is the final component of the work.