Nicola López

b. 1975

Nicola López returned to Tamarind in the spring of 2017 for her fourth artist residency with the workshop. The layering and problem-solving inherent to printmaking are central to López’s method of working. Her most recent project with Tamarind explored the natural world, reassembling printed elements of tree branches, rocky terrain, and scaffolding into a hybrid structure. Her background in anthropology and her keen observation of urban systems informs her imagery, and her work frequently pushes into the realm of sculpture and installation in the complexity of her printed forms.  

López has had solo exhibitions and projects with Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pace Prints Gallery, New York; Chazen Museum, Madison; La Calera Oaxaca; and has participated in many group exhibitions including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and the Denver Art Museum. She currently lives and works in New York.

These three images depict a world that is somewhere between our present and our future, a landscape that is deeply marked by its past. The central forms in each image are fragments of a larger construction that was once whole but has now mostly fallen down, contributing to the fields of rubble out of which the Monuments rise.

Although all of the elements in the landscape are remnants of human construction, there is also something organic in the way that the twisted, steel girders seem to grow and wind around the fallen chunks of architecture, perhaps suggesting a new type of life. I see these Monuments as truly majestic figures that, despite this natural process of decay, are still charged with potency and even grace.

--Nicola López  (about her Monument series, 2009)