We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Fournier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Through my art, I express concepts of growth and awareness, and to promote the preservation of our external environment, along with the cultivation of our inner self. Art promotes self-expression in us all. Such a process helps us to resolve issues by managing our feelings and behaviors, bringing us all closer to a sense of calm. I want my art to encourage people to look inside, producing more of an awareness about themself and their behavior. Self-improvement is key. As a bonus, I hope that we all look at how we affect the world and do our part in protecting it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a combination of photography and encaustic, transferring images I’ve photographed directly into an encaustic (wax) medium, then embellishing them with colored wax mediums I combine from oil-based or powder pigments. I enjoy the wide range of possibilities inherent in this technique, being drawn to the evocative and distressed tones, and especially the additive and subtractive qualities that come along with the process. After several years of shooting and printing my own photography, I was becoming unsatisfied with the printing aspect and wanted a more “hands on” approach. So, I researched ways to transfer photographs, and ultimately came upon transferring images into wax. In the transfer process itself, the image is prone to rips and tears; not fully transferring 100%. Using wax gives images a faded, hazy, ethereal look – which I like. What I find most interesting is the knowledge and growth I gain from completing each art piece, in which I don’t typically know what they are about before their genesis. I never knew one could be an artist, since I didn’t have any artists in my family. Growing up in northern NJ, I was always attracted to nature, loved being outside exploring the rural area. I wasn’t overly involved in art as a kid, I drew, but I was actually more drawn to music. I have relative pitch, and spent a lot of time learning how to play songs by ear on my keyboard. When I went to college, I was undeclared for a while, until I decided to focus on Graphic Design and Photography. I’ve never found life as an artist easy. I do wish I had realized this part of myself a bit earlier. I overcame the challenges by acknowledging the fact that being an artist is in my core, what defines my being. What I’m saying is that there’s no way I can deny that voice, the muse that speaks. I’ve learned patience and perseverance. Notice what you are drawn to – find out what makes you alive… and keep at it. Transform yourself for the better.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in Los Angeles offers a lot of entertaining options! Galleries would be high on the list, as with restaurants and eclectic bars. Exploring many neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles would be fun, plus beaches, and go photograph during hikes and in interesting urban locations.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There were friends, family, and other people that encouraged me early on to look into the life of being an artist. Michiko Rompnow showed me how she created her sculpture, and invited me to a show of hers – the first show that I went to in NYC. I love Daguerreotypes and am always driven to replicate their look. Early on in my adult life, I had a passion and respect for artists such as H. R. Giger, Salvador Dalí, and Man Ray. Music plays a big part of my life too.