What is the mask of Nicole Lane?

What is the mask of Nicole Lane?
Isabel del Rio
A Dozen Masks, by Nicole Lane

A Dozen Masks, by Nicole Lane

Who is Nicole Lane?

She is an artist, a traditional photographer, residing in North Carolina, who focuses on the enigmatic theme of identity and the loss of it through dilapidated surroundings.

She enjoys the depths of darkroom chemicals, extended exposures and loves over-priced Halloween masks.

What is her mask?

Everybody has a mask, or maybe twelve, or maybe a thousand. Ortega y Gasset affirmed ‘I’m me as well as my circumstances’, a sentence to build a philosophy. We are good people until necessity forces us to misbehave, we are bad people until we see, for a moment, a sunrise.

In 2011, Nicole Lane began exploring the identities behind the individuals in the streets, in the stores, on the television and in her own personal self. She became fascinated with the diversity that people can have within themselves and because they are different to the public and in their own private place.

In early 2012, she decided to utilize long exposures for her ‘Identitat project’. The idea was to express the various forms that a figure can take when shielding itself behind a person.

Caged, by Nicole Lane

Caged, by Nicole Lane

What is her philosophy?

A search, the infinite search of an artist walking along the border of what we seem and we are. What is behind the paper, the canvas or the cardboard? What is beyond the mirror? Picasso threw a stone and broke the glass of the picture. Nicole Lane has played with different acids and exposures to broke the image and find the interior or the figure, more real in its unreality, more clever when the shadows arrive.

In Nicole Lane’s eye, figures deconstructed themselves to rebuild again, with another appearance but with the same essence.

To imagine the impossible is the task of an artist; afterwards, a philosopher will explain the artist’s intuitions; afterwards, a mathematician will write an equation that other new artist will destroy to go ahead, always ahead: the art.

I love Nicole Lane’s photos because I identifie with them, because they help me to look at my interior, at my different possibilities, still unknown. I love Nicole Lane’s photos because they are full of lights and shadows, of hopes and sorrows, of shapes and evanescence: that is the life, a complete life that only a true artist can see.

Congratulations, Nicole!

Nicole Lane self-portrait

Nicole Lane self-portrait

**Nicole Lane is currently enrolled at Guilford College and will receive a BA in photography in 2013. She is now working at Elsewhere Collaborative, a living museum set in a former thrift store, in Greensboro North Carolina.

Her self-portrait shows a young woman surrounded by colors and full of objects: are they the reflection of all of her wishes? She is not a simple woman but a person full of roots and childhood memories, who every morning tries to create a personal world. Fabrics, porcelain, butterflies, wool… Old clothes, ancient letters, forgotten coffee drinks… 19th century hats and futuristic lights… She is so much, she has smelled so many atmospheres, she has lived so many situations… Who is Nicole Lane?

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