Nicole Santucci is an interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based out of Livingston, Montana. Born and raised on a ranch in an unincorporated area, she owes her outlook on both art and life to knowing the middle of nowhere like the back of her hand. Her solo and collaborative artwork has been performed and exhibited at The Cooper Union, The Exploratorium, The Wythe Hotel, Goodnight Projects, The Prelinger Library, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Southern Exposure. With high distinction, Nicole earned her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2011, and one of her original designs was awarded Grand Prize in an international competition hosted by the Buckminster Fuller Institute in 2013. Nicole’s work has been featured in articles and reviews in Wired, Gizmodo, Dezeen Magazine, Architizer, Fast Co.Design, Tree Hugger, and DRIFT: A Magazine of West Coast Cultural Production.
I make artwork to examine, reveal, and occasionally intervene human-made patterns which affect and alter cultural perception and experience of landscape. From growing up on a cattle ranch, to spending a decade living in concrete jungles, to spending a few summers living on the move, in a van, and leading tours through National Parks in the Southwest, life has lead me to notice the delicate qualities of the symbiosis between human and landscape. I’ve become myself through experience in an extraordinary spectrum of untouched nature to concrete jungle, and while I most often yearn to be in places void of civilization, I still understand desires for convenience and comfort. My artwork wishes to spark thought and conversation about how my cultures’ historical tendencies to discover, explore, and create tools to better understand landscape in a civilized manner can, add to, obscure, and alter the essence of a place, the minutiae of which it is composed of, and the human experience of that.