Nina Earley was born in 1984 in Basel, Switzerland. She received her BA in International Relations, Economics, and Fine Art from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada in 2008, and her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly Art Institute of Boston) in June of 2014. She creates work that exists in between different media, utilizing aspects of drawing, painting, sewing, and photography. By making use of memories of places she knows well, she creates abstracted maps that allow the viewer to dwell in a space of remembering. The lines are drawn from walks that now exist only in her memory; one can never find his or her place in them. Most recently she was the first Artist-In-Residence at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA and now continues her studio practice in the Boston area.
For an artist who has just finished graduate school, two of the most precious commodities are time and space. Leaving the structure of school, with its deadlines and feedback, and finding a way to establish a studio practice is a daunting task. This residency has given me exactly what I had been missing: a place where I can make art, complete with fellow artists with whom daily interaction is stimulating, and the time to figure out how my studio practice realistically fits into my every-day life. The opportunity to create and lead a collaborative project with fellow artists has allowed me to have meaningful conversations and learn about this historically rich area in a way that would not have been possible without this opportunity. As my work continues to change and I continue to make connections within this encouraging community of artists I am excited to see how this residency continues to impact my practice and work. This experience came at the perfect time in my life, and I would encourage anyone who is hoping to focus on his or her art, while exploring a new region, to apply.