Founder of Art Nova; Nicole Popo (°1990, Mississauga) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Popo uses references and ideas that ask you to take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.
Her artworks are based on formal associations that open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality are questioned. Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
Her works are a drawn reflection upon the art of art itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms. Popo makes work that deals with the documentation of life events and the question of how they can be presented.
Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in art.