Nicole Levaque

  • Beading
  • Ceramics
  • Fine art
  • Installations
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

Nicole Levaque (b. 1991) based in Hamilton, Ontario, works through sculptural installations and ceramics to address hierarchies of consumption, chronic pain and her emotional attachment to objects. She uses ceramics for its familiarity rooted in touch and the immediacy of its materiality evoking queer tableaus of domesticity and excess. Each vessel is handbuilt, precarious in the interpretation of usefulness and function. Many elements amass to form a chaotic yet cohesive whole, where pieces are deconstructed and reworked through subsequent installations. Her work is an inventory that is continuously in play, it can change in a day, or years from now. Embracing failure and intuitive making is central to her work.

Levaque holds an MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University (2019) and a BFA in Painting from Concordia University (2014). Levaque has worked as an adjunct professor of sculpture and currently teaches ceramic workshops. She has been an artist in residence at The Visual Arts Centre of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia), Mildred’s Lane (Narrowsburg Ny), SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), Von (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and held the Sculpture Practicum position at The Banff Center (Banff, Alberta) in 2016. She was a member of the former studio collective and project space Casino, based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally including at  Tap Gallery, the Front Gallery New Orleans, True Luck Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Spriten Kunsthall, York University and Guadalarjara90210. Her work has been made with the support of grants from Ontario Arts Council and  Canada Council and she is currently preparing for upcoming exhibitions at The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (2024) and Hamilton Artists Inc (2025).

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