Words are inadequate to describe taste and touch. Musical phrases convey specific meaning as we listen but then we can only speak about them in generalities. Painting is the medium in which I think, through which I feel, and with which I communicate. My work is and is meant to be nonverbal until the moment one must put it into words.
In the formation of this statement, I can say that my paintings communicate visual, sensory, and cognitive phenomena, evoking information gleaned from the natural world. Color, texture, and marks are the vocabulary. I struggle to bend them to match my perceptions. I search for the simplest form that is the essence of what I mean. I manipulate paint to find substance. A sense of place, however abstract, is a source with a focus on the elements.
“I met a seer,
Passing the hues and objects of the world,
The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense,
To glean eidólons…
Ever the mutable,
Ever materials, changing, crumbling, re-cohering,
Ever the ateliers, the factories divine
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
In plainer terms, intellectual study with the freedom to get dirty is the beauty of the practice of art making. Painting is a vehicle for self-discovery. It is also an affirmation of my deepest beliefs when doubt creeps in. The beliefs sound lame if I make the effort to explain but are strong and certain when my picture feels complete; truth of some kind stares back at me. Many share this moment. Any true art lover, art maker, or a newbie visiting the MET for the first time will understand that. Art travels wide expanses: from within oneself, across the globe, through time and back again.
Nicole Maynard-Sahar is a painter originally from north of Boston. She holds a BFA in painting and art education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds awards from U. Penn. for painting and color. Maynard-Sahar is an associate of the Bowery Gallery in New York City where she has had several solo exhibitions over the past twenty years. Her work is recognized by curators nationally and internationally, most notably by Marilyn Symmes, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Susan Cross, Assistant Curator of the Guggenheim Museum, and by Judith Hecker, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art.
Maynard-Sahar has lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York State near Rochester and Rhode Island before moving to Miami June of 2017. Miami’s stature as an international city for the arts, its beautiful weather and family prompted the relocation. Nicole is thrilled to be at the Bakehouse with so many artists she admires. She lives in Midtown with her husband and 2 beagles.