Nichole Gronvold Roller


Nichole Gronvold Roller constructs imaginary spaces; specifically, ambiguous spaces that possess unpredictable gravity or no gravity at all. A means to organize the sensations of both actual and emotional interpretation of place, Gronvold Roller’s paintings are representational of her thoughts and describe the vivid energy of her invented worlds. She explores structures and systems in chaos. Her paintings manipulate the rules of perspective by twisting and distorting the invented spaces she creates, resulting in new discoveries of place and space.

Inspired by the innovation of materials, needs of society, and geographical and cultural influences of architectural design, Gronvold Roller’s paintings incorporate deconstructed architectural elements to disorient the invented spaces she strives to create. She experiments with a variety of materials and processes while painting to aid in her portrayal of active movement. Gronvold Roller's attention to text and image has evolved through the influence of map making, autobiographical automatism, journaling, and research. Her attraction to incorporating text is employed for both the natural texture of overlapping lines and the intimacy that handwriting provides. Gronvold Roller cuts or slices sections of her writings; encouraging the observer to fit the pieces back together, urging a closer look at the underlying layers found within her art.

Most recently, Gronvold Roller has been working with shaped canvases to further emphasize active movement in her paintings. When combined with her use of vortexes, fragmentation of planes, and energy pathways, space is energized. She finds it liberating to move beyond the rectangular or square format of a traditional canvas. The design of her shaped canvases informs her painting process – a response to the outer edge and shape of her painting surface. 

Gronvold Roller graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead with a BFA in Art Education in 1997 and received her MA in Art Education from Boston University in 2013. Currently, she is working towards her MA in Studio Arts at Bradley University. Gronvold Roller is also a full-time high school art teacher in Tremont, IL where she has been teaching for the past twenty years. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Recent exhibitions include "To Sum Degree" The Hud Gallery + Studios with Dab Art, Ventura, CA (2016), "Mix it Up" Royal Contemporary, Florence, CO (2016), "Map it Out" Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA (2016), "Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition" Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR (2016), "Blip Out" Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL (2017), "Beyond Place" Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL (2017) “Nevertheless She Created” Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL (2017) “ALMOST 17 & # WE'RE STILL HERE” BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (2018), "International Juried Show" Beacon Gallery, Boston, MA (2018), SuperFine! Art Fair NYC” New York, NY with BoxHeart Gallery (2018), "Obscure Space" Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL, "13th National Juried Exhibition" Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (2018), and upcoming “Above Ground" BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (2018). Gronvold Roller’s artwork has been featured in Inside Publications (Sacramento, CA); Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL); Utrecht (Brooklyn, NY); Dick Blick (Galesburg, IL); Boston University Online Galleries (Boston, MA); artKudos International Competition and Exhibition, and the 12th Edition Encyclopedia of Living Artists. Her artwork collected in both in the United States and Abroad.

portfolio.jpg View images from Roller's 2018 BoxHeart Exhibition, Above Ground. Roller's Upcoming BoxHeart Exhibition is in 2022.