In the midst of all our miseries, art lets us see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious. — David Hockney
I always start with photographs of aged architectural elements. The original photographs may be used whole, repeated or deconstructed, blended one upon another, forms ultimately emerging through translucency, imparting depth and light. Its inherent patterns revealed, a common object is transformed into previously unimagined landscapes.
My Portals series began with a dream I had in which I drew a circle in the sky with my finger and the stars aligned around it. I kept doing it over and over in disbelief as the stars continued to jump into place. Although this was only a dream, I believe it says something about our primal connection with the circles we see all around us: our sun, the full moon, the constellations arcing overhead, cycles of birth, life, regeneration…the certainty of completion when a circle has closed. This is why I continually explore the circular form in the Portals series. These ”portals” seem doorways to realms of resonance both ancient and new, unexplored and intimately familiar.
My newest series, Temples of Time, plays with the visual harmony inherent in the Tripartite Schema found throughout history in art, religion, and classical architecture. In the most basic way, each piece in the series has three vertical sections and three horizontal, with a third axis of depth implied through layering, creating a coherent nested relationship between parts and the whole. The Three: Body, Soul and Spirit, expressed through sacred geometry. I see this series at once as a ray of light breaking over high mountains and as a perspectival view deep into the mountain range. The art presents as grey, but upon closer inspection it is clearly, if subtly, infused with color. The Temples of Time works provide a place of peace and reflection – a Temple, a primordial echo through the mountains of creation, a place where the threads of life collide and interweave. For all this, the Temples of Time derive their imagery from photographs I take of gates that line back alleys or auto body shops. I thus realize an unlikely transformation by turning what goes unnoticed, discarded, or considered unsightly into a transcendent space.
Nicole Landau’s artwork has been commissioned both nationally and internationally for private collections, corporate headquarters, luxury hotels and residences such as:
One Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin (Las Vegas), NV
East Swire Miami Hotel, Miami, Florida Raffles Hotel, Istanbul
Prince Hills, Shanghai
The Park, Taiwan, interior design by HBA and KNA Design
The Jon Cryer Collection, Los Angeles Residence
LeAnn Rimes Residence, interior design by Jonathan Pierce on VHI Remodel
Merrill Lynch, Beverly Hills, CA
Scott Credit Union, St. Louis, MO
Oaktree Capital, Beverly Hills, CA
Hotel Palomar, Westwood, CA
Westin Hotel, Houston, TX
Oasis Cruise Ships, Royal Caribbean International, VIP Lounge
Inside Leonardo DiCaprio’s $10M Apartment, Page Six NY Post, May 5, 2014
She holds a BA in Architecture from the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. Nicole Landau is a Los Angeles based artist.