If raindrops fall
to create beauty in
this self-destructive world,
maybe when I fall,
I can create beauty too;
maybe this internal storm
will inspire me if
I find the center of it
Tori Nicole is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who splits her time between Los Angeles and Albuquerque. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she focused her creative energy on baking for 5 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2014 where she worked in the pastry departments at Spago, Redbird, and Lukshon. Tori expresses her artistic vision primarily through illustration, photography, and baking, yet she also engages in other art forms such as wire sculpture, collaging, and painting. She finds her inspiration from the otherworldly details of nature and enjoys highlighting the small beauties that tend to be overlooked. Abstract yet familiar concepts and emotions tend to be hidden in the vibrant colors and busy backgrounds of her psychedelic illustrations, open for interpretation.
Tori has shown pieces in various art shows, including a large-scale wire installation at the Hollywood Gibson showroom for a private event and photos in the Nakid Magazine / Future Eyes group show. She has also photographed for several independent musicians, restaurants, and lingerie brands. Food remains as one of her most consistent creative outlets. She enjoys curating and organizing small-scale food-and-art events, pairing visual art with each course, and hopes to host more of these events when it is safe to do so.
“Depression and anxiety are struggles of our lifetime, and I am not exempt. For that reason, I find it important to convey the process of self-understanding. I depict the radiance of vulnerability in my work, creating characters that help me process my emotions and communicate to the world that it is beautiful to allow yourself to feel deeply.
My color palette expands during my process, resulting in a glimpse into a psychedelic world that exists parallel to my own, where the characters are defined by the expressions on their faces. Through this approach, I am able to dissect each of my emotions separately.
Identity is not determined by a person’s struggles, though sometimes the pain can mask who you are. By channeling my thoughts into separate subjects, I hope to remind myself and others that your worth is not bound by your sadness.”
– Tori Nicole
On display for one week beginning 4.30.21
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard
All artwork is copyrighted work of the artist. All rights reserved. Images not to be used without permission.