About Nicolle Cure
“My name is Nicolle Cure. I am a Colombian-American artist based in Miami, Florida. After experiencing sudden sensorineural hearing loss in 2017, I felt the urge to share my isolating and painful experience with unilateral deafness; therefore, I created a collection of vibrant mixed-media abstract works titled The Colors of Sound. In this collection, I interpret sound in a visual form through layers of fluid and highly-pigmented acrylic paints and other media types such as graphite, charcoal, and oil pastels.”
About her work
“My background heavily influences my work – the folklore, the rich colors, and the rhythms of my Colombian-Lebanese roots combined with Miami’s multicultural vibes inspire my vibrant and dynamic color palette.
Throughout the years, I have created several art collections often drawn from personal experiences. Each series consists of abstract and surrealist artworks portraying emotions and events that have profoundly impacted my life. My latest series of abstract works, The Colors of Sound, was born during a time of much-obliged self-isolation and severe anxiety caused by my sudden unilateral hearing loss. More at https://www.nicollecure.com/artstatement”
Q. How has the idea of isolation evolved for you in 2020?
A. Isolation has always been a part of me, even more so after my hearing loss occurred. Because of this, isolation was not a strange concept when the pandemic hit.
Though I enjoy being around people, and I am very chatty when I am in a public setting, as an empath, I need to release that heavy and sometimes negative energy one can absorb from others. For that, I need to be in complete silence. I need space and solitude to recharge, and fortunately, painting allows for that. When the quarantine began, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on being out in the world, if that makes sense. Working full time in a corporate setting by day and keeping a busy studio practice nights and weekends can be extremely stressful at times. Still, as problematic and scary as it has been, the quarantine has allowed me to take a breather and spend more time in the studio.
Q. As a community, we all have experienced within isolation in one form or another; how have you come out as an artist and what are you looking forward to this year?
A. I’ve been more connected with other fellow artists during the pandemic, and I like that. I have built beautiful friendships with artists around the world, which has been a blessing. The common thread of this pandemic has been learning to appreciate and find joy in the little things. Learn that we can find treasures and connect with like-minded individuals even in the middle of the struggle. So reaching out for help and providing comfort to one another has been a true blessing during this time. Something I am still learning to do.
Q. Your message for other artsy hearts
A. My message will always be, whether you are an artist or not: Please be kind and compassionate to one another; there are so many struggles that we don’t get to see on social media or even in real life, so let’s try to be patient and empathic.
Q. Artist’s on your heart list you would like to shout out!
A. There are way too many to list!! I love and admire Charuka (Founder of Arts To Hearts), because of her constant drive and your endless creativity. Also very grateful for Ekaterina Popova, for all the inspiration she provides daily and artists like Halie Torris, Shawna Gilmore, and Laura Fedorowicz, to name a few. But I feel it is unfair because there are too many.
Also, I am grateful to art curators like Alicia Puig and Tam Gryn for sharing not only their fascinating views but for helping us discover other notable artists.
Other shout outs go to:
- Colombian artist Sebastian Villabona @sebagua
- Miami-based artist, Carlos Rancaño @rancano_
- Colombian, Texas-based artist, Juliana Alonso-Olarte, @juliana.alonso.art
- Cuban-American artist, Natalie Dark @nataliedarkart
Connect with Nicolle on her
Instagram: @nicollecure_art https://www.instagram.com/nicollecure_art/