Nicole Wassall is a London based artist whose focus is to juggle with our intuition. It is therefore no surprise that her work spans across mediums, including video, sculpture, photography and installation. The use of parts of the brain usually left quiescent is the focus, rather than the choice of medium.
Neuroscientists discovered with FMRI scans that, throughout history, certain groups of artists have created work that stimulates the brain in unexpected ways. The neuroscientists have used this to better understand how the mind works. However, Nicole looks at it from the other direction and actively seeks to borrow from the informed understanding of neuroscience to enrich her work.
In the most part it is not about waking up parts of the brain that have until now remained dormant, rather it is about processing the information differently with different parts of the brain. And incredibly many people report they can feel this difference.
Nicole describes her practice as using “an understanding of neuroscience to push open the swing doors of hunches and blur the dotted lines between senses and perception. Neuroscience on its own is a theory of flat surfaces. It needs the laws of unplanned consequence that thread through life for it to resonate.” From her perspective neuroscience is one of the most exciting areas in art because of its potential to push the boundaries of contemporary art.
The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.