Statement / Bio

A painting practice creeps beyond the edges of a canvas: its imagery converses with the tangible world, leaning into objects that are sculpted, words written on pages in a quiet book, or particular things arranged in a particular way. 
A body which once turned inward and covered itself carefully slowly unfolds, begins to feel the ground it lives on and flow with the air around it. 
A spirit grows wild, even after it’s been tamed by repeated prayers, sacred names and holy waters.

I listen to folk music that reminds me of my dad, and I read books that recall my mother. News and daydreams and longings for an unattainably perfect future merge with these sounds and words. My medicinal herb garden grows slowly, protected by mugwort and yarrow. Contained inside these parentheses of my life, I make art that wonders how my experiences affect my white/pink body/mind as I move through space to interact with plants and other humans. Through this embodied examination, I engage with the regenerative healing magic that I imagine art to be.

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quinn mcnichol grew up in Glenside, PA, and earned a BFA in Fine Art from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in 2012. Since then they have participated in programs including the Emerging Artist in Residence (EAR) program at Millersville University, Mount Gretna School of Art (MGSoA), Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI), and the Vermont Studio Center. They are currently an MFA candidate in the Painting + Drawing program at the University Of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design in Seattle, WA.