WHO AM I?
My name is Nicolle Cure. I am a Colombian-American artist based in Miami, FL.
My art is the fuel that ignites my passion for helping others. I use art as a tool to create so I can support the causes I believe in.
Over the course of my artistic career, I have created several painting collections, for the most part, drawn from life experiences. My background influences my work, along with the mix of cultures I have absorbed. Each particular series consists of pieces depicting a wide range of emotions and events; from life to death, from sorrow and solace to extreme joy, and new beginnings.
ART IS DEEPLY PERSONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL
My art is a contrast of light and shadows, a combination of the abstract and the surreal. When I am in my studio, I experiment with a wide range of mediums, but for the most part, my work is primarily focused on the use of acrylic ink and paint. I also incorporate other techniques and mediums including spray painting, pastels, and charcoals.
I am fortunate to have been able to collaborate on worthy initiatives, such as animal welfare campaigns and programs promoting education and health research. Now I am proudly raising awareness about a cause that is dearest to my heart: bringing attention to the “invisible disabilities” of hearing and balance disorders. This comes as a result of experiencing—and learning to live with—these conditions myself.
THE COLORS OF SOUND
In 2017, I suffered from sudden unilateral deafness, an unexpected experience that led to other debilitating health conditions.
Nevertheless, this situation was precisely the driving force for the creation of my latest series titled The Colors of Sound. Through the paintings of this collection, I aim to explore the relationship between sound and life, to consider how we make sense of our surroundings through what we can hear.
Today, I continue battling vestibular conditions as a consequence of my ear damage. I have been diagnosed with Hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to certain sound frequencies), Vestibular Migraines, TMJ, Vertigo, BPPV, and Ménière's Disease. These disorders are what we call "invisible disabilities" and are not easily understood because even though those who have them may look fine on the outside, we are actually dealing with terrible symptoms that are extremely debilitating, not only physically but also, and even more so, mentally.
Through The Colors of Sound series, I want to be able to continue giving hope to other people who, like me, are living with chronic health conditions. For more info, please watch the following video:
An Artist’s Journey Through Hearing Loss
A Story by UHealth, University of Miami Health System
ART: MY LIFE AND MY SAVIOR.
My life-changing experience has given me an amazing opportunity to create awareness about invisible conditions like mine. It has given me a sense of purpose, and I truly feel the need, every morning, to create something beautiful to deliver a powerful message of positivity.
There are many misconceptions surrounding hearing loss and vestibular disorders. The "BUT YOU DON'T LOOK SICK" stigma behind chronic health conditions and mental illnesses is the assumption that someone is healthy just because they look "OK" on the outside can be truly frustrating, painful, and isolating.
Fortunately, art has kept me sane and optimistic during these periods of frustration and sadness. It has always been an inherent part of my being, and so it is now, more than ever. Now my passion is not only to create but also to use those creations to help those around me.
For all of us affected by hearing and balance disorders, I hope to continue a meaningful journey of healing through art and awareness.
Thank you for your continued support.
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