Born in 1989 in St. Louis, Nicholas Missel graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Sculpture before going on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. After earning an MFA in sculpture in 2016, Missel attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where he discovered his ‘Negatives’ series that has continued to evolve and inform his work to the present. In 2018, Missel exhibited two large sculptures from this series, a cast Bobcat and Tractor, at the Socrates Sculpture Park, NY. In 2019, his work was included in the In Good Company exhibition in New York, receiving best in show, which was co-curated by Fernando Mastrangelo and Rossana Orlandi.
Missel’s approach to making is a form of cultural archeology, working with and reviving discarded materials that occupy the periphery of our attention. Like the negative of a photograph, Missel’s objects maintain a similarity to their original mundane molding materials while offering a radical transformation made possible through the magical properties of silicone. His functional sculptures are designed to be interacted with, touched, and enjoyed.