Nicole Cherubini

Clay is performative. It records every movement, every moment of time that you are using it.”

          Throughout her career, Nicole Cherubini has been challenging conventions and expectations of sculpture through her primary medium of clay. Born in 1970 in Boston, Cherubini received a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993 and an MFA in Visual Arts from New York University in 1998.

          Through her practice, Cherubini explores her relationship to motherhood and female identity—seeking to place gender into the greater conversation. Informed by an anthropological perspective, she includes a plethora of historical references in her work ranging from the cultural role of adorned Hittite pots in ancient Anatolia to her extensive research of utopian communities like the Shakers. By integrating unexpected elements such as platforms, frames, wood armatures, paint, aluminum, flora and found objects such as a five-gallon bucket or saran wrap, Cherubini proposes a distinct new relationship between materials, history and purpose for the viewer. 

          Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Jersey City Museum in Jersey City, New Jersey; the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York; the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Florida; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California.

          Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; MIT List Visual arts Center, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA; Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL.

          She lives and works in Hudson, New York.



Pinkterra 2, 2023

Terracotta, earthenware, mason stains, glaze, spray paint, acrylic paint, epoxy, magic sculpt, PC-7, PC-11
66 x 81 x 213 cm
26 x 32 x 84 inches


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