Nicole Pietrantoni

Artist Statement

My artistic work explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature through installations, prints, and artists’ books. I am interested in interrogating the tradition of landscape photography and the tension between beautiful, picturesque images of nature and the near-constant threat of environmental change. With a specific interest in photography’s historic relationship to representation, these works draw attention to our active role in constructing and idealizing landscape.

Using the book form in experimental formats, these artworks reconsider how we read and access information, as well as how we reproduce, represent, and disseminate text and images. Rather than a fixed site or single image, the fragmented columns, pages, and text engage nature as an accumulation of processes, perceptions, and narratives – a dynamic and shifting site open for perpetual interpretation. Many of the accordion books contain text by poet Devon Wootten, text which uses appropriation and recontextualiation to encourage a more compassionate engagement with the world.

By referencing the encyclopedic, the 19th-century panorama, and the Romantic painting tradition, these large-scale installations invoke older modes of image-based representation. These works highlight the inaptness of these tropes in an increasingly fast-paced world.