About

"The studio is where I find myself and lose myself in the moment."

ARTIST BIO

Nerissa Balland is a visual artist who creates paintings and drawings in a variety of sizes and mixed media. She is extremely fascinated with the many levels of communication between the viewer and the piece, the artist and the work, and the artist to the viewer. In addition, Nerissa has been particularly interested in art as a means of communication throughout the various stages of her life.

Nerissa has had a strong desire to create since childhood. During her formal education, she fought to hold on to the innocence behind the creative process in order to maintain a balance of technique and “the unlearned.”

Extensively trained at Pratt Institute, Nerissa received a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She spent the past 18 years working in marketing, branding, and design. Currently, Nerissa works full-time as a visual artist in South Florida. She is passionate about Arts In Medicine and has created a program “Healing Through Art” for adult oncology outpatients. Nerissa has been in numerous exhibitions in diverse areas — from Miami Art Week to faith-based institutions, universities and hospitals.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My creative process is consistently evolving in order to maintain a balance of technique and “the unlearned.” Simultaneously, it unravels like an onion and taps into basic human desires for acceptance, love and protection. I often explore how these desires are defined. I’m fascinated and comforted by boundaries, finding the loopholes, and then breaking the rules.

My art consistently represents subject matter through many textures, layers, colors, and strokes that provide playful yet organized chaos.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each series, my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different series, they are linked by recurring themes. The subject matter of each body of work drives my material selections and my approach.

Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Graduate Certificate, Arts In Medicine
Fall 2020 (projected)

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

M.F.A., Concentration in Painting
Circle of Friends Academic Honors
5.2002

Denmark Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Certificate of Digital Design
Awarded Highest Academic Honors
6.2001- 8.2001

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

B.A., Concentration in Drawing and Painting
5.1999