#FridayFeature | Nicola López
López's handling of her chosen media is deft and authoritative, making the experience of reading each landscape more like a controlled roller-coaster ride than the head-on crash it could have been. Emerging from multiple acute perspectives, characters writhe, snake, spew, thrust, stretch and contort across the picture plane...What remains unclear in the development of her composite narrative is its subjects' ultimate destiny. Certainly, anything remotely "natural" will shrivel and die, and if her mutant characters are at all dependent on an organic host, then they too are doomed. López's is a portrait of elements too powerful to stop but too dumb to realize that they're evolutionarily screwed.
Text source: Nord Wennerstrom, Review: Nicola López, Irvine Contemporary Art, Art Forum, Washington D.C., October 2005
Artwork info: Nicola López, Phase Change 1, 2008, monotype; etching, woodcut, plexiglas drypoint, collograph and collage, 26 x 25 1/4 inches, signed
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