Nicola López

b. 1975

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

These three images depict a world that is somewhere between our present and our future, a landscape that is deeply marked by its past. The central forms in each image are fragments of a larger construction that was once whole but has now mostly fallen down, contributing to the fields of rubble out of which the Monuments rise.

Although all of the elements in the landscape are remnants of human construction, there is also something organic in the way that the twisted, steel girders seem to grow and wind around the fallen chunks of architecture, perhaps suggesting a new type of life. I see these Monuments as truly majestic figures that, despite this natural process of decay, are still charged with potency and even grace.

--Nicola López  (about her Monument series, 2009)