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Nicole Merkens

Nicole Merkens

Nicole Merkens’ work is about spiritual guardians, rebirth, the soul and its energies. Her clay sculptures draw on metaphysical as well as catholic iconography to portray spiritual journeys, and restless energies.

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Nicole Merkens Skelemummy Wall Sculpture at MudFire Gallery
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Nicole Merkens at MudFire

Gallery group show Creatures of the Night, August 2011
Gallery group show Damn Right I Got the Blues, June 2011


Nicole Merkens Artist Statement

As far back as I can remember, I was never alone. I heard them , I saw them, I dreamt of them.

My work is about spiritual guardians, rebirth, the soul and its energies.

I draw on metaphysical as well as catholic iconography to portray my spiritual journey. I feel through my work I am able to document my mystical path which is too emotional and profound to put into words.

Sometimes the work gets dark but its always with a sense of humor . . . if I give into fear I lose my insight and become a beacon of restless energy.

Through mixed media, I piece together images, shapes, colors and symbols; all chosen to produce specific effects. Their interaction with each other conveys an essence of being.

I believe I am working from a higher consciousness and a passionate drive possesses me. My work comes from the depths of my soul. The past dances with the future to correct itself. Journey with me.


Nicole Merkens Artist Bio

I was born to a Clay Artist Mother and a Commander in the NAVY. I grew up a NAVY BRAT- moving every two years.

I earned a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1994. When I finished school, I backpacked across the Southwestern United States and traveled through Europe to end up living in Hawaii.

I eventually moved back to Florida where I spent the most time growing up. Here, I started entering shows and showing my work at local galleries and museums. I worked as a graphic designer for a dot com at the height of the dot com boom and was hired as a Creative Director. At this time, I met my husband and EQUIFAX moved us to Atlanta- where we settled with our two girls in Roswell, Ga. My husband took over my job and I am now a full-time artist and designer.


Nicole Merkens Artist Statement

The challenge of creating handbuilt porcelain forms using texture, volume, and structure keeps my interest in the working process.

Nature constantly inspires me to arrive at new forms and structures with different volumes and textures.

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