Nicole Mueller

Nicole Mueller is based in San Francisco, California and works out of a studio in East Oakland. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has participated in artist residencies throughout the United States and abroad, and exhibited her work in Maryland, California, and New York.

She makes large mixed media collages, murals, and installations exploring dichotomies, and asserting the importance of play, surprise, and experimentation.

Her work aims to draw parallels between animation and abstraction—which both simplify, exaggerate, and select from reality—while further emphasizing painting's unique and defining relationship between surface and space.

Within her work, she is pursuing a balance between chaos and control, the spontaneous and intentional, exuberant and complex. Each piece includes moments of punctuation, sometimes comically loud or abrupt, colliding colors and shapes, and depicts a world of continuous convergence, dissipating boundaries, and in celebration of paradox.