Through material, space, and form, Maureen Nollette’s work amalgams divergent philosophies regarding gender and labor. This deconstruction of societal norms, which examines the allocation of labels and ascribing labor’s worth, has been instrumental in shaping her work. Nollette’s material choices shift sinuously based upon the desired outcome; permanence is juxtaposed with temporal to deliver a thought, as frivolous is positioned with cherished to instigate more intimate, careful consideration. Installations, drawings and sculpture all connect to a larger framework which questions social constructs that insinuate debased gender and labor stereotypes.
Her work has been shown internationally and is held in public collections including Detroit Institute of Art Museum, Yves St. Laurent, MGM Mirage Hotel, and j.jill Retail Stores in addition to private collections. She has given lectures, workshops and demonstrations at School of Visual Arts in NY, Kendall College of Art & Design in MI, Calvin College in MI, ArtPrize in MI, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in MI, and Grand Rapids Art Museum in MI. Nollette was a Curatorial Board member at Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (UICA) in MI; thrice a Juror for Scholastic’s Art Awards in MI; curatorial projects include (a)wake, a group show for Women’s History Month and LIMIT(less) at UICA, both in MI. Nollette is adjunct faculty member at Kendall College of Art & Design, has taught through Grand Rapids Art Museum in MI, Studio in a School in NY, and Doing Art Together in NY. She is currently preparing for a solo show this spring/summer at Grand Rapids Art Museum titled Honorable Ordinaries.