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Nicole Poole

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Poole grew up in the shadow of industry. The concepts of mass production, organization, and mechanical precision play a major role in her work. Using a multi-media approach, she creates objects and installations that focus on stripped down forms and meaningful materials. Most recently she has concentrated on a body of work that brings attention to the aesthetic value of physical support structures. Objects meant to remain hidden are given a new life as visual objects by slightly manipulating their form and assigning new meaning. These support structures are taken from their purely functional role to serve as metaphor for the human experience. Other inspirations come from short stories, family history and memory.

Early on, she studied business at Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing. She worked in the corporate arena for several years before taking time to start a family. After relocating to San Antonio, Poole refocused her energy on fine arts. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor’s of Art in Art History and Criticism. While attending UTSA, she was named a Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellow and was the recipient of the Elton Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Art and the Gloria Galt Endowed Scholarship in Art. Poole has been exhibiting her work in juried, group, and solo exhibitions since 2014 and is currently a resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.