Oklahoma City, OK
Nicole Moan was born in Irving, Texas into a family of artists and interior designers. Her parents often brought her along on projects and showed her skills of the trade. She began working with clay in junior high, but initially resisted following her parents into the art world, choosing to pursue a career as a mechanic. However, as Nicole says, "the creative urge would not leave me alone", and eventually, her love of tile and ceramic reemerged. Over time her tile work became more elaborate and experimental, and those instincts led her to branch out with her designs. She has taken on projects ranging from pools to entire rooms, back-splashes and movable walkways and murals. While sometimes store bought tile is asked for in projects, she much prefers to make each tile by hand to fit a projects personality.
Nicole first entertained the idea of shifting her abilities from tile to include clothing in 2000 when she wanted to develop a corset that fit her more comfortably than the traditional designs that utilized wires or boning. The ceramic would hug the entire torso, instead of placing uneven pressure along the abdomen and would also allow for elaborate designs sculpted into the piece. To complete the outfits, Nicole also sews skirts as well as creates jewelry and headpieces. As a result, a market quickly emerged that pulled clients from the gallery crowd and the fashion industry.
Nicole’s ceramic corsets are very diverse and each a unique piece of art crafted into fashions. The designs can be sleek and elegant, or witty with pop culture references or even dark and intimidating, with bondage overtones. Over the years, the corsets have become lighter and stronger and her visibility has grown, gaining her entry into regional solo and group exhibitions, an appearance in New York City's Black and Blue Ball and making her the first person from the United States to be invited to participate in the Swatch Alternative Fashion Week in London.
Within the fashion world, Nicole has worked hard to make the photo shoots and fashion shows a team effort, inviting up and coming as well as established artists, such as photographers, make up artists, dancers, bands and Dj's, into projects to lend their perspectives to help not only each persons art but also the community to grow as a whole.
Nicole continuously searched for the new and exciting. With her "Hunting Down My Childhood" and "Anthropomorphism" series, works made to intimate hunting trophies in the form of childhood cartoon characters and non- traditional horned creatures, Nicole's artistry gained a new evolution within the realm of displayables and wall art, creating new series in clay that push the limits of what clay is traditionally asked to do. Currently Nicole is experimenting with several new technical ideas to find impelling ways to create with clay including functional household uses for lighting, such as wall sconces and chandeliers and traversing into table top art and ceramic covered tables.
Nicole currently resides in Oklahoma City with her wife and 3 daughters, all of which are creative in their own ways. They are currently working together with the long view of a family show.