Nicole Patel’s artwork is at once minimal and nuanced. Her geometric grids explore elements of drawing and design through textile. She winds one or two threads in muted colors across the clean, off-white surface of each piece, rooted with precisely placed nails on the back of the canvas. She works with only organic, sustainable medium. Patel sees the full potential of raw materials, without the irreversible alterations of cutting, coloring, and marking. Her pieces can all be disassembled and reassembled limitlessly. The resulting work is a meticulous arrangement of line and space. Rather than being a concentrated experience, Patel’s work fills the room with a presence. It acts as an anchor for the viewer, like the steady breaths of meditation, allowing us to gain a new vantage point for observation and acceptance.
Nicole Patel, a native New Yorker, lives and works out of the Hudson Valley. After receiving her BFA at Syracuse University, Patel traveled through London and Paris, studying an array of artistic methods and media before settling on her minimalist aesthetic. Her work was recently featured in the September 2017 edition of Interior Designs magazine. Her work is held in a number of private collections including those of Wayne McGregor and Angela Bernstein.