Nina Wishnok



Nina Wishnok is a printmaker and graphic designer whose studio is in Somerville, Massachusetts. She received a BA from New York University and a Graphic Design Certificate from Massachusetts College of Art. She has also studied art and design at the DeCordova Museum School, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Wishnok has received various grants and fellowships for her work, including from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (where she was a 2006 Artist in Residence), and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

We are constantly moving back and forth between the particular and the general, from daily interactions with each other and the world, to intellectual or emotional processing and reactions. These two threads - literal and abstract - inform each other and visually I try to depict the fluid boundary between the two. I'm interested in how we navigate the relationship between inner and outer life; how we reconcile dichotomies such as emotion and intellect, chaos and control; and how we find balance within these seeming extremes.

I work mainly in printmaking because I love the way it plays an active role in producing a finished piece; and I tend to mix techniques such as woodcut and paper lithography, intaglio, trace monotype and encaustic. Drawing from collected imagery such as natural and man-made forms and structures, my work explores themes of inner/outer life, generic/individual, micro/macro, and how the pairings relate to space, structure, systems and networks.