2016, solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Mending, an interactive installation that explores meditation and mending as art medium, metaphor, and practice. Contemplative environments positioned throughout the gallery invite audiences to sit or stand in meditation with sculptures and paintings constructed from ordinary materials associated with mending. Thousands of threaded needles, tangled sculptural masses of thread, and stitching offer opportunities for reflection on the work of reparation.
My interdisciplinary approach begins with an investigation into the poetics of materiality and the desire to create public and private engagements as a way for the viewer to embody metaphor. By drawing attention to the art of mindfulness practice and to the act of threading a single needle, Mending encourages us to contemplate the stitch-by-stitch process that may lead to transformations in our lives and in the world.
The following work was featured in the exhibition:
THERE IS A BRIDGE BETWEEN ME AND YOU
MENDING FIRE SERIES: FIRST - FOURTEENTH
Sculpture Magazine, Reviews, Washington, D.C., Flashpoint Gallery, Sarah Tanguy (May2017)
AL Tashkeel Magazine, Mending... an interpretation of the works of the fourth solo exhibition of American artist Nicole Salimbene, Ebtisam AbdulAziz (N.27 2016 Dubai,UAE)
The Washington Post, In the galleries: Nicole Salimbene, Mark Jenkins (October 1, 2016)
The Art Newspaper, What to see in DC this autumn, from rare Korans to durational performance: Our insider’s guide to the top exhibitions and events in the US capital: Locals choose their can't-miss shows, Sarah Tanguy, Curator Art in Embassy US Department of State (September 26, 2016)
Smithsonian American Art Museum Blog: Eye level, Luce Artist Talk with Nicole Salimbene, Madeline Hawkins (September 20, 2016)