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 social repercussions. Maloof’s drawings and 2D works explore anxieties connected to the body, as well as interpersonal relations, addressing the inescapable physical, social, and political limitations of our human existence, often addressed 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 background and diverse experiences. 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 lives and works in New York, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Sarah Lawrence College for the 2019-2020 academic year.