Nicole Ruggiero is a 3D visual artist from NYC & makes work based on the internet and online trends. Her work concentrates on technology and the emotional and social culture around it. Ruggiero expresses these themes through 3D figures and nostalgic relics, blurring the line between the virtual and the real. Ruggiero is driven by learning new technologies, involves herself in the culture surrounding them. Maintaining an ongoing practice as her work encapsulates the intimacy that enters the perfection of the digital space. The human emotions that invade the circuits. All of the relationships that motivated the creation of the technology in the first place.
*Tokyo, Beijing, London, Sydney, Berlin, India, LA, & NYC. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Creator’s Project, Widewalls, Sleek Mag, Monopol, Glamour, NestHQ, and Keen On.
THE CYBER-OPTIMIST SENSIBILITY
In the dissemination of her work Ruggiero engages with ideas and rules defined by a new wave of net artists – an interconnected web of Tumblr blogs and Instagram accounts distilling traditional high art notions of creation and distribution. She knowingly participates in a visual dialogue with a community that loosely defines itself through the recurring imagery of mannequin-like bodies, sharply rendered objects and clean, reflective surfaces.
Her imagined environments exude a soft, pink and blue effervescence familiar to Vaporwave and Seapunk and like most left-field Net Art inextricably linked to a micro-genre, there’s an unavoidable void-like quality at play in the minimalism. Responding to the complex emotional baggage tied to her methodology, she practices a delicately arch approach that contributes to and subverts her aesthetic influences.