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Biography: Nicole Chesney

Nicole Chesney
Nicole Chesney

Nicole Chesney began her undergraduate studies at California College of Arts and Craft and completed her BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. In 2000, Chesney earned her master’s degree from the Canberra School of Art in Australia. Awards received include a Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Supporting Award in Düsseldorf, Germany, the UrbanGlass Award for New Talent, and The Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Commission. She has also created large-scale, site-specific commissions including those at 7 World Trade Center, New York, and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally including the permanent collections of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Chesney’s work explores the relationship between light, space, visual perception, and imagination. The mirrored glass surfaces in these works not only create pieces that are always visually transforming, but also produce an optical depth that beckons viewers in. Viewers see a faint outline of themselves—a dark reflection that varies with the changing light and shade of oil pigment. Mirrors represent the human desire to see and reflect that which is desired. In this light, the paintings reflect back to the viewer their own imagined space—a desirous, inner landscape or an unknowable, future dreamscape.