artmill artist-in-residence       


“At ArtMill, Alex made us take her to the local dump at every opportunity. Various rusted metal objects like signs, buckets, license plates kept appearing around the mill and up in her studio. Scraps of paper turned into cut-out words and before our eyes she created an entire installation of windows and words. Working in the traditoin of the concrete poets, Alex made 3 dimensional poems which reflect light and played with transparency as a metaphor. Other works used the old license plates with numbers and districts defining themselves in a jumble of collaged anonymity. The fact that most of the plates were from stolen card across the border delighted the artist, giving the work another layer of socio-cultural comment. Alex was a dedicated resident at ArtMill, sharing her terrific energy from cooking with us, to Zumba dancing, to running a workshop on poetry in two languages, one of which she did not even speak!

In 2011, Alex Nichols completed a residency at the Recology Center, also known as the San Francisco Dump. In this residency she sifted through objects that had been discarded, creating poems and works of art based on a documentation of the fragments of our culture. This culminated in an exhibition entitled “Transfer Station” on May 20.”