Nicole Mauser

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Nicole Mauser

My work oscillates between painting, collage, and video installation to break down conventions of pictorial space, color and light. Chroma plays a crucial role in collapsing images and layers to destabilize perception. Currently, I’m working on a series of paintings based on holograms. This translation of color embedded in a reflective surface and light (additive) into the static hues of pigment (subtractive) is and engagement in perennial issues of painting. In newer video work I investigate these failures through the rhetoric of light, drawing on hologram color palettes, in particular, to investigate spaces where reflection and transparency happen at once. I construct images to occupy a curious suspension of time where deliberate slowness of time-based media and the instantaneousness of a mark are fused. Through the mechanics of collage, then, I specifically abstract pictorial space (and thus ask the viewer to look more closely and slowly) in a process that is ultimately rooted in the ambiguity of images coming into being rather than having arrived.


Ultimately, the picture plane is an index of a thoughtful and deliberate process that is nonetheless structured to derail somewhere between point A and B. These derailments and erasures are generative failures incorporated to become traces and veils giving the sensation of space billowing forward and receding. As I intervene on the connections between painting and digital processes, I layer the transmission of light to create stutters within the image. Doing so forges tension in/and duality to assert materiality while delaying legibility in ways that heighten the visceral impact for the viewer. The way I approach image making does not beg the question why forms begin and exist, but how they will play out.





$500 - $10,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.