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Creative Momentum is a weekly series of art projects that employ readily available materials found in and around the home. Our aim is to continue to offer activities that are connected to contemporary artists, ideas, and practices and that promote critical thinking, social awareness, and inspired making. 

Creative Momentum projects will arrive on Thursdays until Art Omi resumes public programs and workshops.

We encourage you to post your projects to Instagram tagged with #artomi and #educationomi to be featured in Art Omi's stories or feed!

Installation view, Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees,
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 2019.
Photo by Arthur Evans.

Creative Momentum 05: Nicole Cherubini

The Artist

Nicole Cherubini (b. 1970, Boston, USA) lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Hudson, NY. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), and her M.F.A. from New York University, NY. She is a sculptor and installation artist who works with materials like clay, glaze, paint, and wood in her exploration of the history of objects and space. Cherubini combines, integrates, and juxtaposes elements of fine art and craft, functional and aesthetic, glazed and bare, finished and unfinished. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and across the country. 

The Artwork

Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees is an installation created for the mezzanine at the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The artist was invited to think about the architecture of the museum's community space and then construct an environment that brings people together in a new way. By incorporating hand-made ceramic and wood tiling, plants, modular seating, sculptural platforms, and works from the Tang Teaching Museum’s collection, Cherubini makes connections between history, materials, purpose, and function. The potted house plants in this installation make us see the artwork differently, as it is unusual to experience living objects within a museum setting. The use of pattern on every surface, from floors and walls to chairs and ceramic vessels, symbolizes cycles that connect and inform one another, like the idea of history and future happening all at once.

The Materials

  • A room in your house where a few people can gather (living room, bedroom, basement, office, etc.)
  • An adult helper you can call on if you need a hand.
  • Objects in your house that adults don't mind you touching or moving.
  • Your imagination!

The Project

  • Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Which room in your house would you like to see and experience in a different way? How will you transform the way you and others experience the space?
  • Once you decide on a room, think about where and how people in your family will gather? Will they sit on chairs or on pillows on the floor? Will they face each other in a circle or be clustered in a corner? Rearrange furniture or bring in other objects for seating, standing, or lounging.
  • How do you want the space to feel? Think about color, light, and texture. Find things around your home that will enhance your design idea. Toys, blankets, patterned sheets, books, lamps, and things from nature might help to transform the space.
  • Add art! Create some original drawings, paintings, or sculptures using materials you have at home to make the room unique and special.

Sharing and Thinking

  • Invite your family or loved ones living in your home to gather in your installation. You might even plan for a performance (a song, a dance, a story, music, etc.) to happen at your get-together!
  • During your gathering, talk about the creative choices you made when designing your installation. Ask people how they feel in the space and invite them to ask questions.
  • Installation art usually can't be saved forever! Document your work by taking photos from a few different perspectives.
Remember: post your projects to Instagram tagged with #artomi and #educationomi to be featured in Art Omi's stories or feed!

Art Omi continues to permit access to the Sculpture & Architecture Park for the purpose of solitary recreation. We require all visitors to adhere to the following guidelines during their visit: 

  • If you or a member of your household are feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • Always maintain a safe distance of 6' or more from others, even while outdoors.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.
  • All groups must be limited to members of your household, otherwise individuals must maintain a 6' distance.
  • If you have arrived at a time when the park or lot seems full, seek out another location for solitary recreation.
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Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art.

Art Omi: Education engages people of all ages with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community. Through creative exploration, hands-on learning and making experiences, collaboration, and critical thinking, Art Omi: Education instills understanding, appreciation, and lifelong curiosity in the arts.

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