Erupture is an inflatable sculpture that depicts a surreal landscape of microscopic lifeforms. Their enlarged presence makes the installation feel calm, comforting, yet disorienting. The arrangement of these inflatables recalls dioramas from biology class, with large groupings of these odd forms bursting at delicate seams. The artist, Nicole Banowetz sewed the work entirely by hand, sharing the vulnerability between the artist, viewer, and the installation as a whole.
Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures. Her artwork addresses vulnerability, struggle, and are inspired by the natural world. She empowers objects by embellishing them by adding protective layers that through time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.
Learn more about Nicole and her work on her website.