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United States 1981

Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease. The inflatable forms are based on microscopic animals, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These forms are beautiful and complex, yet menacing. All at once the forms are playful and frightening. Many of Nicole’s sculptures reveal an unexpected intimacy by exposing their interiors. These interior spaces feel calm and comforting, yet disorienting. They reveal the artists’ hand: the delicate sewn seams, the structural ropes and bindings, and the air channels all in view. Within this space there is a shared vulnerability between the artist and the viewer.

Nicole Banowetz at
ICE CLUSTERS // Showcase Project
An in depth view into creation process // Artist Talk
DOUBLES 6 // Exhibition

More at

Nicole Banowetz: Contagion

Sewn fabric inflatable sculpture. 2013 - 2014.

Nicole Banowetz: Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle

Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle
Sewn fabric inflatable sculpture. 2014.

Nicole Banowetz: Rhinos and Sea Anemones Fighting.

Rhinos and Sea Anemones Fighting.
Sewn Fabric inflatable sculpture with porcelain. 2014.



Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also lived and worked internationally creating mosaic work in India and working and showing in Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany and England. Nicole is currently a member of Pirate Gallery in Denver and has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, the Arvada Center, Ironton Gallery, and the Kreuzburg Pavilion.


Nicole is currently living at the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka, Poland taking part in the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art‘s artist in residency program.. Before arriving in Poland she was living in Berlin and completed the GlogauAIR artist in residency program as well as a residency at the Institut für Alles Mögliche. This year she also lived and worked in Russia taking part in the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.