Nicole Pietrantoni, IMPLICATIONS, 108" x 396" x 12”, Inkjet on Awagami Inbe Thin, folded and bound into 30 accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image.


Open: September 17 – November 28, 2016

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents Hydrographs, a site-specific installation by Nicole Pietrantoni, a noted scholar, professor, and printmaker. In Hydrographs, she combines digital printing with traditional bookbinding techniques to create works that are both powerfully cerebral and stunningly aesthetic. She passionately explores the complex relationship between humans and nature through the medium of printmaking, which allows her to present nature in the way she views it, an ever-changing landscape shrouded by a plethora of human narratives. She deconstructs the word “nature” and explains her reasoning within her Artist’s Statement:

"While nature may be positioned as a neutral space, it is, in reality, a site of competing stories and representations. From the works of painters and early photographers to movies and tourism brochures, nature functions as a place of individual exploration and reverence, a site of resource and profit, and a respite from daily routines in the search for authentic experience…Thus, I am interested in our active role in constructing and idealizing landscape, questioning both the historical and contemporary complexities of representation."

Nicole currently works as an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts. Her educational background includes: a BS in Human and Organizational Development and Art History from Vanderbilt University, an MFA and MA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Her impressive accolades include but are not limited to: a Fulbright award for research in Iceland, an Artist Trust Fellowship, a Larry Sommers Printmaking Fellowship, the Manifest Prize, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, and a Graves Award for Excellence in Humanities Teaching. She is the President of SGC International, the largest professional organization dedicated to printmaking, book arts, and papermaking in North America. Her work has been featured in over 80 national and international exhibitions and collections around the world. She is deeply committed to arts education and has been a visiting artist at colleges around the country to present workshops and speak about her work. Nicole regards both her professional practice and pedagogy as powerful sites for intellectual, artistic, and ethical transformation.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art:
SJIMA is one of the newest visual art museums in the Pacific Northwest, officially opening its doors in 2015. SJIMA champions artists, the arts, and arts programming because it champions authenticity of expression, place, and connections. Through its exhibitions, education, programs, and events, SJIMA establishes the San Juan Islands as a place of legacy making—legacies of art-inspired transformations, of expansion and wonder, and of support for our artists and arts communities.

Nicole Pietrantoni: Hydrographs will be exhibited in the Pam Nichols Gallery