Nicole Havekost

Locally Grown at People’s Food Co-op

July 20 – October 13, 2015

Nicole Havekost (b. 1970) is an artist living in Rochester, Minnesota. Her own work is varied in media and technique, but linked by her interest in material and process. Her work has a delicate and feminine quality, but one that is driven by her particular obsessions. Recently, Nicole was a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She spent the month of June as an artist-in-residence at Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She recently exhibited work in both Washington state and Maryland, as well as in Minneapolis. Nicole earned her BFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico.

Artist Statement 2015
For several years, I have been making three-dimensional figures that are doll like in form. These bodies, covered in sewing pattern paper are then stitched and painted. In exploring these bodies, I have become enamored with their surface. When manipulated, this sewing pattern paper takes on a creased, pulled and worn feel, suggesting the aging of one’s own body. But the material is also resilient, with an ability to adapt and accept those changes. My new work explores that manipulated surface in the form of flat pieces and sewn installations. Massed areas of hook-and-eyes and accumulated stitches suggest wounds to the skin/surface. These marks can be areas of scarring or healing. Stitched threads imply both a therapeutic process as well as a spreading outward of eruptions from within. The combined effect of the threads and hooks, in their play within and across the skin-like surfaces, suggest a medium for joining as well as obstruction. In these new works, the skin becomes a body of its own; it is supple, fragile and vulnerable.

In “Ligatures (hands),” parts of bodies begin to interact with one another and the world at large with multiple life-sized hands of differing gestures, extending horizontally from the wall. Each hand has the skin of pattern paper on its surface, as well an accumulation of sewing eyelets. These hands are engaged with one another; threads connecting them from eyelet to eyelet and back again. There is innocence in the relationship, reminiscent of the children’s game Cat’s Cradle that I played with friends as a girl. But there is a violence as well, in the eyelets adhered to each hand and the stitches binding those forms together. The stitches are like sutures; both restorative and restrictive. The stitches might rend this skin or mend the wound, but it joins these forms in a kind of elegant dance. These limbs become bodies; tenuous, connected and graceful.


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Rochester Art Center (RAC) and People’s Food Co-Op (PFC) announce an exciting new partnership, the exhibition initiative Locally Grown. This curated series presents artists who have exhibited in Rochester Art Center’s local artist series RAC2 (Rochester Area Collaborative) in a second exhibition. Annually, four artists will have the opportunity to create new exhibitions in the Co-Op’s welcoming dining space as an innovative outgrowth of their presentation at RAC.

As the community’s appetite for local art and food expands, PFC is an ideal business and space for Rochester Art Center to continue to support artists and reach yet another audience, helping to broaden and shape the cultural landscape of Rochester.  This partnership recognizes the many ways in which healthy food and contemporary art are good for you. Together we are serving our community the best in local art and food. The inaugural year runs from September 2014 through September 2015, with each exhibition spanning a three-month period.

RAC2 serves eleven counties including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. With this series RAC has broadened and diversified the creative opportunities for Rochester area artists as RAC’s professional staff serves both a curatorial and mentorship role, working directly with the artists on their vision and the implementation of a new project. This collaboration creates an enriching experience and an exciting venue and program for artists practicing in our area. It also offers the community the opportunity to celebrate local artistic achievement. We look forward to further supporting talented artists and all the possibilities that Locally Grown offers.

RAC2 is supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA), the Jim and Judy Sloan Foundation, and Dr. Paul & Maggie Scanlon.