Artist’s Statement

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My name is Nigel Clouse and I am an artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. My work is based upon a childhood spent in a section of the American Midwest commonly referred to as the Rust Belt. I experienced life in a small rural community where, much like in Grover’s Corners, time seemed inconsequential. Unfortunately, this once thriving town built on the glass industry was slowly decaying as manufacturing jobs left the United States or became automated—leaving blue-collar families with little more than a subsistence lifestyle.

The rural landscape of my youth is juxtaposed with the urban environments I have inhabited working for corporate America as an adult. I have witnessed ethical lapses, dehumanization, and declining social mobility caused by the Great Recession and greed of the ruling class. These experiences heavily influence my art, which is composed of glitched graphics, femme fatales, and popular culture references.

I believe glitches embody the degradation of the reality we inhabit and illustrate the systemic failure and unraveling of society, humanity, and the universe. These random anomalies often jar witnesses from their programming by distorting the perceived concreteness of existence. I identify with the glitch as it has always been within my environment and has progressed with me throughout my life in various forms.