Nicole Duennebier

Natural phenomenon—dermoid cysts, fungus, invasive flora/fauna—and my love of old-master opulence are present in my work. Painting with attention to detail, I’ve realized that anything living never allows an idealized experience.

Similar to 17th century still-life paintings with vibrant lusty fruits that show the fuzz of beginning decay, I don’t see these works as allegorical depictions. They’re a realization that both rot and fruit are a textural attraction in their delicacy. I’m attracted to the obsolete idea of spontaneous generation—awful stuff popping into existence for no reason. My paintings reflect this; they are more spontaneous generations than firmly rooted in actual living organisms.

Nicole Duennebier's Work

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