Nollette’s practice employs materials associated with domesticity to create installations, drawings, and paintings that challenge societal infrastructures, frameworks reinforcing the devaluing of labor spent mending, supporting, and nurturing the foundation of society, frequently performed by women and minorities. Nollette explores this arena by engaging in labor-intensive tracing, stitching, pinning, and painting, sometimes massing seemingly frivolous materials for careful and intimate consideration. The grid, a precise and consistent armature signifying societal infrastructure, contrasts the imperfection of Nollette’s slow, deliberate, rhythmic methods.
This critique via pattern, shape, color, and scale rejects the temptation to support our idea of what may be labeled merely ornamentation. Abstracted references to topography, textiles, and tiling assume key signifiers of depreciated labor, manual work frequently executed by overlooked and undervalued individuals. Nollette hopes to imbue our biased social infrastructure with humanity.