Nicole Doran b. 1983 (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA) received an Associates Degree in Fashion Design from Miami’s International University of Art & Design in 2003, and in 2011 she received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Painting and Ceramics from New World School of the Arts. While living and working in Miami she also attended the Knight Foundation’s Art + Research Center, an alternative school in Miami’s ICA Museum. Working within the trajectory of abstract painting her work investigates spiritual practices and systems of belief through a multitude of entry points. Whether researching ancient Celtic ceremonies, English witchcraft or modern science fiction fantasy, Doran designs a vibrant comfortable zone where the viewer can uncover fragments of cynicism and speculation. The painted, stained, and dyed surfaces are often adorned with ceramic elements and additional fiber embellishments rekindling craft techniques in pursuit of new and unfamiliar compositions.