Headlands Center for the Arts

Nicole Lavelle

california | social practice
Graduate Fellowship Program 2016—2017, California College of the Arts

Artist Statement

I am an artist and a designer. I make site-oriented, project-based narrative work that engages people, place, language, and landscape. My practice incorporates methodologies from graphic design, journalism, and socially engaged art. As a critical component of my social practice, I facilitate the work of others by creating platforms for participation. Historically I’ve been a visiting artist to unfamiliar locations, but more recently I’ve been addressing my birthplace (and once-again home-place) of the Bay Area.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands, I’ll assemble a new experimental essay work sited within coastal and inland Marin County which explores the relationships between urban and wild, residents and weekenders, and people and land. My deepest relationship to a place is to a shady gulch on the southeast face of Mount Barnabe in Lagunitas, the site of a dank cabin that has been a Lavelle family weekend treasure since 1955. To explore this place’s past and current flux, I will build a narrative piece weaving my history with broader issues surrounding land use, housing, culture, and community in Marin County.

I also hope to bring my social-public practice of artist facilitation to the Headlands, with an iteration of PLACE TALKS, the visual lecture series that I founded and co-coordinate at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco.

Select Video

PLANT FAMILY VOL.5, 2016; video, 31:36

Selected Works

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