Nicole Maloof (b. 1983) works within an interdisciplinary art practice, encompassing drawing, printmaking, and video. Through these mediums, Maloof challenges and explores the artifice of categorical boundaries, and by extension, their ethical repercussions. Maloof’s drawings and 2D works explore anxieties connected to the body, addressing the inescapable physical, social, and political limitations of a bodily existence, often through the use of humor. Maloof’s videos investigate what it means to know—is it possible to trust conventional disciplines and institutions of knowledge, let alone our own individual sensory input and resulting memories?
This set of inquiries stems from the artist’s own diverse experiences and background. Born in Korea and raised in Massachusetts, Maloof received a BFA in painting and a BA in chemistry from Boston University. After graduation, Maloof worked on organic chemistry research at Harvard University, taught in Korea for two years on a Fulbright teaching grant, and then moved to New York, where she earned her MFA in the visual arts from Columbia University. Maloof currently lives and works in New York, and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College for the 2017-2018 academic year.