Erica Nickol is a sculptor who finds her inspiration in precariousness, fragility, and tension.  She is interested in the capacity that visual representations of these forces have to physically resonate with us.  Nickol creates sculptures that combine porcelain with found objects and steel, wire, rope, and wood. She uses the contradiction of the precious, often translucent porcelain with the detritus found in America’s rust belt to tell her narrative.  After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in 2005, Nickol completed a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011.  From 2005 through 2013, Nickol practiced architecture, instructed art classes, was a visiting artist at the University of Central Arkansas and completed an artist residency at the Union Project in Pittsburgh.  Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions such as The First Street Gallery in New York City, Baum Gallery in Conway, Arkansas, the Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia and The Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.  Nickol lives and works in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood and enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.