Nicholas D’Ornellas is a Guyanese American textile + fiber artist that is currently finishing up his studies at The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He is expected to graduate in the fall of 2021 with a BFA. After experiencing racial and classist violence, his family had to flee Guyana when he was a young boy. In experiencing extreme shifts from growing up wealthy in a third world landscape to then extreme poverty in the capitalist ideals in America. His focuses include drawing and printmaking as a vehicle into hand woven textiles that explore subject matters of domestic immigrant narratives. His drawing and printmaking practice is both about the build up and arrival of an image using screen printing. When the destruction of labor turns into more than labor, photos are abstracted into pixels of colors, playing with clarity from which the immigrant is viewed. His work shows the path from migration to mastery.
Nick’s experience as an artist mentor for the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, studio assistant for The Weaving Hands, Cynthia Alberto, teacher assistant for The Cooper Union Summer Outreach Program to even teaching printmaking workshops for the Jersey City Arts High School Program has led his practice to a more collaborative and communal state of learning.