Nicole M. Santiago – Statement

In my works, I aim to depict layered and marginally obscured personal narratives, thinly veiled by the mundane domestic debris that inhabits the picture plane. Although the impetus for each piece is highly personal, I intend to construct something more universal that stretches beyond the limits of my own experiences.

And while this type of visual storytelling is an integral part of my work, it always remains subservient to the broader formal concerns of the picture itself.

While working, I allow content and composition to develop intuitively. Forms move in and out of the image until it feels right. This meandering approach keeps the image in an extended state of flux, revealing connections between the underlying abstraction, representation, narrative structure, and subconscious underpinnings integral to my work.