Serving up stories about making art to nourish our hungry hearts
by artist Nicole Sylvia Javorsky
Nicole Sylvia Javorsky is an artist based in New York City expressing the intricacies of being alive. The concept of duality is core to her paintings, drawings, and mixed media works. She uses texture, color, line, and medium choices as well as abstraction, realism, and text to represent different slices of human perception.
Nicole is a survivor of sexual abuse who struggled to keep herself alive during her adolescence and early adulthood. Nicole's art reflects her own story, healing process, and grief while extrapolating from nature, research, and her own observations on everyday life. Each artwork can stand alone to depict a certain layer or aspect of the human experience, but she also continually groups and connects them like fluctuating puzzle pieces building her ever-growing picture of existence.
Besides being an artist and musician (her music is released as Alice Celeste), Nicole has written for City Lab, Mother Jones, City Limits, The Hill, and CNN as a journalist who covered climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on New York City. She started a non-profit organization called Cubs for Coping at the age of 17 to engage young people in making unique, handmade teddy bears to give to people in hospitals, homeless shelters, and eating disorder treatment programs. Cubs for Coping began with a simple belief: that we all deserve compassion, love, and thoughtfulness in our times of need. The organization donated more than 1,000 teddy bears and enlisted countless crafty volunteers across New York over the course of its 7 years of operation.
This spirit of care and community is a common thread in Nicole's work as an artist. It's important to Nicole that she share the stories and vulnerable truths behind her artwork, whether in-person, on Instagram, or in her online magazine/newsletter Chicken Doodle Soup.