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  • Nicole Haller '12
  • Bath 1
  • 2012
  • Oil on canvas
  • 25.5 x 41 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Nicole Haller spent most of her time at Hendrix painting in the art complex. Many of her favorite memories are all-nighters pulled with her classmates, when they would finish a painting at 5:00 am to present in an 8:00 am course. Haller regularly published art in the Aonian, and she was an active member of the college’s Art Club. One of her favorite Art Club events was a body paint fashion show, organized by her classmate and friend, Allie Thompson. Members of the club painted student models, who then exhibited their work on a makeshift runway.

Haller also completed an Odyssey project in Singapore, where she explored Buddhist temples in their places of origin. During the two-week trip, she visited more than ten temples and combined her interests in art and anthropology.

Bath 1 is the first piece Haller created for her Hendrix senior portfolio. She created a series of oil paintings generated from photographs, which were taken with an underwater digital camera. Painting bathtubs allowed Haller to experiment with the way water distorts light and form, while also allowing her to understand the human body as a form of landscape. Haller focused specifically on baths, because they have always been a safe and spiritual place for her, one where she can pause and check in on herself.

Nicole Haller graduated in 2012 with BAs in both Studio Art and Anthropology. After graduation, she worked as a painting instructor at Pinot’s Palette in Little Rock and then as a visitor services representative at the Arkansas Arts Center. In 2018, Haller moved to Ann Arbor, where she continues to live and work.