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Nicole Pietrantoni’s artwork explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature via installations, artists’ books, and works on paper. She is the recipient of numerous artist residencies and awards including a Fulbright to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, a Larry Sommers Printmaking Fellowship, and the Manifest Prize. Her work has been in over 75 national and international exhibitions and is in many collections including the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Iowa Museum of Art; Zayed University, United Arab Emirates; and the Proyecto Ace Print Collection in Buenos Aires. Nicole received her MFA and MA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and her BS in Human and Organizational Development and Art History from Vanderbilt University.
With a specific interest in printmaking’s historic relationship to representation, Nicole’s artwork gestures to humans’ role in constructing and idealizing landscape. Her most recent installations feature series of handbound accordion books that expand to create panoramic images from 15 feet tall to 33 feet wide. Each book contains text by her collaborator, Devon Wootten, who excises language from climate change reports to craft poems. The works function as both images and texts, using the book as a site for recording and preserving ecologically fraught landscapes. Referencing 19th-century panoramas as well as the Romantic painting tradition, this work nods to a period when humans’ relationship to landscape was rapidly transformed.
Since 2012, Nicole has been an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College where she teaches printmaking and book arts. She continues to build upon Whitman’s rich book arts history, offering regular courses in artists’ books and bringing in visiting artists for special book projects with students.