In my studio practice I use a variety of image-making techniques, such as photography, digital imaging, drawing, and weaving, as ways to render figurative imagery. I am interested in depicting bodies because they articulate the cultural act of identification; which is the notion that figures can be identified, described, and interpreted using specific categories of gender, race, and orientation. The process of identification involves identifying those who are like ourselves and those who are not through often cursory and often critical observation of external cues that supposedly confirm inner essences. Representations of body in visual art, however, refer not to an intrinsic truth with regards to any individual depicted, but rather to the notion that images can represent the ways in which culture projects, incises, and embeds its ideals upon the corporeal site we refer to as body.
Nick Simko's practice utilizes figurative imagery to navigate cultural processes of identification. Simko's photographs, paintings, collage, and tapestries have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, The Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, 516 Arts, EMP Collective, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko is a 2018 recipient of the Sanitary Tortilla Factory's Exceptional Visual Scholar Award. Simko holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, as well as a BFA in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoys reading the writings and interviews of Judith Butler, Glenn Ligon, and Louise Bourgeois, listening to Björk, and watching The Simpsons.