Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.
Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also lived and worked internationally creating and / or showing work in India, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, and England.
Nicole has completed residencies at the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka, Poland a part of the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art‘s artist in residency program, the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt in Russia, and in Berlin the GlogauAIR artist in residency program and the Institut für Alles Mögliche residency program. She also participated in the Denver Children’s Museum residency program, making a large inflatable series of sculptures inspired by childrens drawings of microscopic creatures. She recently completed a large inflatable light installation for the Amsterdam Light festival.