Nico Larsen is currently an art student at the University of Montana where she is pursuing a Bachelors, after which she plans to continue to graduate school for art history. Her work draws on numerous influences such as the written word, occultism, photography, and history. And of course, as a student, she is still exploring where how these influences inform her work, and constructing a documented body of it. I asked her a few questions about her experience so far:
Who have been some of your biggest influences?
In my work I have been influenced by many women poets such as Eleni Sikelianos and Eileen Myles. I am also hugely inspired by the artworks of Kiki Smith, Vali Myers, and Francis Bacon.
What do you consider to be the most challenging aspect of pursuing art as a course of study right now?
For me the biggest challenge in pursuing art has been learning to trust my intuition with the work. As a student it can be especially difficult finding where to stop listening to what you're being told to create and trusting yourself to make the art that really needs to be made. Of course, it is important to listen to your teachers (or why be in school at all), but eventually you have to find your own way.
On the flip side of that, what do you consider your biggest success to be so far?
I think my biggest success with my art so far has been the pop up art shows that I've worked on in Missoula, MT. It's been so much fun for me working with other artists and curating shows in U-hauls for Missoula's First Friday Artwalks.
Is there anything you know now that you wish you would have known as a beginning art student?
When I first started working towards my undergrad degree I wish that I had understood the importance of documentation of the work. After transferring from The Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver to UMT I lost a great deal of the artwork from my first year. Since then I have prioritized making quality documentation of my works and I wish that it was something all art students were taught right away.
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