Jonatan Belles

United States

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.

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