Elisabeth Nicula - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Elisabeth Nicula

San Francisco, CA

“In Predictions, Elisabeth considers our tendency to revere land with one hand, and reshape it with the other.”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?

This is my little workspace at home and those are my not-yet-mailed Christmas cards.

What do you watch/listen to while working?

BFF.fm is my favorite radio station. If I put on an album while working there’s a 50% chance it’s Leonard Cohen, Nicki Minaj, or Leo Kottke. I also listen to podcasts like Another Round, WTF, and On Point.

What have you been working on lately?

I’m working on a painting commission and getting ready to turn my Sense Memories http://newhive.com/elisabeth/collection/sense-memory into screen prints—hopefully for a show later this year. Also assorted design projects.

What work of yours are you most proud of?

I don't hold onto a sense of accomplishment for very long once something’s finished, but my WHERE http://elisabethnicula.com/where.html project (woodcuts, installations, paintings, and animations) helped me start thinking in narrative terms and process a cross-country move.

What tools do you use in your work?

For digital artwork I use Illustrator and Photoshop. I’m also a graphic designer and I started making art GIFs because I wanted to do something personal with the tools of my profession. My favorite tools are a gigantic compass and Japanese carving gouges for woodcut printmaking.

Can you tell us about your process?

Across media, my forms are usually inspired by the landscape, things I see walking around the city, and memories. I try to obscure origins because my work isn’t about a particular place.

For my animations I plan and draw in Illustrator and assemble frame animations in Photoshop. I keep meaning to learn After Effects or something but so far I haven’t had an idea I couldn’t do this way. I love titling, wish I were a poet, and do a sort of word association based on the theme once the work is finished.

Whose work do you follow?

Artist pals—and creative friends in other fields—especially here in San Francisco and in Somerville, MA. Lots of people on Instagram and Newhive http://newhive.com/.

Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

Do lots of work to develop your visual language so you’ll be ready when you have an idea and will have something to do when you don't. Support other artists.

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Thanks for the interview,