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Aphorism I
Found object (mirror)
150 X 40 cm
2015
A No-no II
broken neon light, spray paint
approximately 2 x 6 ft.
2015
Aphorism IV
acrylic paint
2015
Rabbits
Rabbit cage, small booklets in Korean and English
Cage 20 x 19.5 X 15 cm, poems on 21.6 x 28 paper
2015
Aphorism III
Photograph
42 x 29.75 cm
2015
Speech
6:15
2009
Wedding Fortune
video
approx. 4 minutes
2015
Our Tent
laser-cut text sewn onto pillow and blanket, tent, projector
2012
Shaking the Shade
acrylic and watercolor paint, frames, straight pins
5 x 7 inch frames
2015
Untitled
Performance
2003
The Robber-Bride
printed hand-made vellum envelopes, hand-written memories shredded
3.5 in. x 4
2010
A Subway Soliloquoy
laser-cut acrylic, small speaker system
4 x 4 x 4 in.
2010

Monica Nickolai is a writer and new media installation artist with an interest in language and story telling. Her work explores ontology versus epistemology—the nature of human existence versus the way we as humans measure and record those experiences. She investigates language, public spaces, and historical and cultural topographies.

Nickolai earned her MFA in writing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an international artist, she has worked, studied, and exhibited across the globe. She currently lives in Daejeon, Korea.