Myles Nurse was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating with a BFA in art from Georgia State University, Nurse established a multi-disciplinary practice in photography, design and sculpture—drawing inspiration from figures as diverse as Richard Avedon and Ed Ruscha. Central to Nurse’s sculptural work is its ability to convey a narrative, message or emotion though the imbrication of detail, composition and time. Prototyping furniture, Nurse delineates a mood in space through formal and structural exploration, mindful of how it communicates something unique to those who experience them.
My process began in 2015 with a found-art project, in which our professor instructed us to use only one material. I decided to use Q-Tips (cotton swabs) to create a pyramid. The overall sturdiness of the structure was both surprising and impressive and piqued my curiosity. If I expand the height, will it’s strength remain the same, grow, or decline? In the process of creating a taller piece, I experimented with the orientation, rotating it 180 degrees. This inspired the idea of my first table, made from 1⁄4” metal rods cut down to 5” long pieces.
That idea then grew as I observed communities and the people within them. Many people aren’t recognized or appreciated enough for the support they provide and removing them, can topple an entire community.
With each work I create, I push myself to explore challenging silhou- ettes, as well as highlight the necessity of each individual piece to help support the overall structure.