Maureen Nollette

Curator
she/her/hers

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Maureen Nollette (B. 1964 Omaha, Nebraska) lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). Her work investigates gender inequity and unjust social constructs in a broad sense. She explores these arenas by engaging in labor-intensive stitching, pinning, and painting, employing materials traditionally linked to craft to disrupt and mend falsely constructed labels and value assumptions. Through process and placement, Nollette references society’s broken framework creating work that evolves and gathers, attempting to set an egalitarian course.

 

The artist’s work has been included in exhibitions within and outside the United States, including China, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio. In addition, her work is collected by prominent private and public collections including Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI); Yves St. Laurent (New York, NY); MGM Mirage Hotel (Las Vegas, NV); and j. jill Group (Tilton, NH). Trained as a graphic designer and then a painter, Nollette earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of University, a B.F.A. from Kansas City Arts Institute, and her M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Queens College. 

A Selection of Maureen's recent work: 

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The Mother Tree

2022 / graphite, pins, ribbon

96 x 96"

"It is not only the devaluation of craft materials and techniques that concerns Nollette, but also our society’s pervasive devaluation of the labor process in favor of the finished object.
…Her grids are not completely uniform, as the basic structure has been overlaid by movements of the hand, retaining the human presence."

—Cindy M. Bucker, Associate Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Bound

oil on canvas

24 x 24”

2022 

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code ORANGE

graphite, acrylic on wood panel

36 x 36"

2019