Myles Nurse


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 its 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.

I made my first pyramid as a reflection on how my thought process works both creatively and pragmatically. There is a lot of inspiration that directly and indirectly relates to each project; ultimately revealing itself in the overall outcome and through the production process.

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 silhouettes, as well as highlight the necessity of each individual piece to help support the overall structure.

About the Artist

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 through 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.