Nicole Levaque (b. 1991) is a settler Canadian artist, currently based in Tkaronto. Levaque works through sculptural installations and ceramics to address hierarchies of consumption, chronic pain and her emotional attachment to objects. She uses ceramics for its familiarity rooted in touch and the immediacy of its materiality. Each vessel is handbuilt, precarious in the interpretation of usefulness and function.
Embracing failure and intuitive making is central to her work.
Levaque holds an MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University (2019) and a BFA in Painting from Concordia University in Tio'tiá:ke (Montreal), Quebec (2014). She recently finished a year long residency at the Visual Arts Centre of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia). Levaque has been an artist in residence at Mildred’s Lane (Narrowsburg Ny), SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), Von (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and held the Sculpture Practicum position at The Banff Center (Banff, Alberta) in 2016. She is a founding member of the former studio collective and project space Casino, based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited and collected locally and internationally, including at the True Luck Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Spriten Kunsthall, York University and Guadalarjara90210.