American, b. 1963
Lives and works in San Francisco, California
Each of Nigel Poor’s varied photographic series addresses the artist’s fascination with the psychological processes of collecting and recording objects, impressions, and memories. In her series Remainders, which she began in 2008, Poor selected forty banned books—all incorporating women’s names in their titles—to wash and dry. Though much was destroyed through this process, Poor collected the remains and applied it to a panel. She then made photographic images of what was left behind, documenting the books’ transformations from concrete objects with the ability to communicate a story, characters, and concepts to maimed fragments of themselves.
Since 2003, Poor has served as an Associate Professor of Photography at California State University, Sacramento. Her work has been included in exhibitions at San Jose Museum of Art, CA (1997); Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV (1999); the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (2001); San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA (2002); Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA (2004); the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2005); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (2006); San Francisco Center for the Book, CA (2008, 2012); Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA (2010); San Francisco Arts Commission, CA (2010); and Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA (2012). Her work is held in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and Duke University Art Museum, Durham, NC.