Grace Nickel, RCA
Over the years my interests have shifted from making vessels to large scale sculpture. The late 1980s and early 1990s was a time of organic abstraction, feminism, and postmodernism in craft; all these converged in my personal artistic expression. The vessels were visually informed by close observations of nature—mainly from the detailed study of insects.
Looking at these older works now, I see they bear a delicate quality, curvilinear contours, and intricate decoration: characteristics often associated with the feminine in art and craft. I see in them an assertion of my femininity, alluding to female biology. Later, when I began to make wall pieces that incorporated light, the v-shaped surface motifs of the vessels became the three-dimensional form itself.