Nichola Kinch

Artist Statement:

"My creative practice revolves around the use of historical and contemporary technologies to explore image and image production as finite and concrete occurrences. This overarching principle propels a research agenda that spans pre-photographic practices to computer aided design and manufacturing and centers on the creation of poetic and fantastical objects and installations that explore image production as a metaphor for a variety of fictional constructs.

"I am interested in the moments in which we, as viewers, become aware of image as a mediated production. My work of the past several years takes root in the research of Victorian era image production, early photographic developments, and the advent of moving image machines. I have a particular fascination with animation machines and optical toys. The physicality of these devices, and the purposeful interaction required to operate them make palpable the power and limits of visual perception. The deliberate and specific engagement required for the generation of these illusions offer an instance where the producer's role in the creation of image becomes tangible.

"My recent exhibition "Love Stories" at the University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery is a collection of animation machines, large format photographs and optical devices, all presenting a rarified image of nature. Each object offers an illusion, a grove of 10 ft trees that pretend to be real but are flat, a phenaksitascope that is dressed up as the moon, and a flock of birds whose flight is powered by a manual crank. The titles all stem from antiquated popular culture and reference a promise, a limitation, or both. Through these objects, and the images they create, I draw parallels between the mediated photographic experience and the construction of romantic thought, in regards to experiences of nature and, perhaps, other love stories we choose to tell ourselves."


Nichola Kinch is an Assistant Professor in Visual Studies and Foundations, she is currently serving as Interim Program Director for Visual Studies. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, The Print Center in Philadelphia, The Median Art Center in Beijing, China and The Center of Modern Art in Shanhai, China.



Elkins Park, PA

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