Nina Stolz Bellucci (b. 1983) creates dynamic paintings and large-scale drawings, taking direction from the light in her studio, the unique shapes and shadows it creates, and the inherent spirituality of the natural world. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of South Florida in 2006 and graduated from Boston University with an MFA in Painting in 2009. She has received numerous nominations and awards, including a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Painting and a residency at Room83Spring Gallery (2017). Nina’s work has been shown most recently at The Yard: Williamsburg, Site:Brooklyn, Boston City Hall, Slag Gallery in New York, and with Musa Collective in Boston, where she is a founding member. Her work is represented virtually at Uprise Art, and she was recently interviewed on the art podcast, “I Like Your Work”. Nina will have new work in an upcoming show at Stay Home Gallery in Tennessee this November. She maintains a studio at Waltham Mills Artist Association and lives in Newton, MA with her husband and two children.
About the work in Collective Disquiet:
The images I create are often an emotional response to my surrounding environment. In the past few years, my practice has included a routine response to the light and shadows that cut across my studio walls and the shapes and patterns I’ve found there. During quarantine, however, I have not been able to work in my large studio in Waltham, and instead, I set up a workspace at home. I felt confined and anxious inside my small apartment, only able to work in the kitchen where there was enough space and light. Looking out the windows to let my mind wander, I would let go of uncertainty and think back to the open, green fields that I had brought my kids to earlier in the day, trying to remember the sense of peace I felt, if only for a moment. We would also retreat to the woods and to the ocean where we felt both free and protected. The images that came out of this time together reflect an unending sense of static chaos and a search for hope and certainty through experience and connectedness.