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Nikki Arendt
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in how we relate to each other especially in terms of power. I am interested in our bodies, their weight, the actual corporeal feeling of them, our denial of them, hybridity. I think about our relationships with the natural world -plants, animals, the human-created and destroyed (technology in the broad sense of the word or more accurately, maybe, the primary sense of the word). Sometimes human folly makes me cringe and sometimes I rejoice in the never-ending absurdity of us. I make sculpture, video and photo (there is no photography listed in this registry at this time). My sculptures are made of a variety of materials including playdoh, dirt, sculpey, wood, clay, plastic, styrofoam and found objects.
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  • Death in the Afternoon
    2016
    Found beaded purse- reassembled, fabric, canvas, wood, pony beads and thread, leather dog collars, leather strap on belt, vinyl and buckle, twine, pai
    Death in the Afternoon is a one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. They are all highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, and are made with the

  • Death in the Afternoon
    2016
    Found beaded purse- reassembled, fabric, canvas, wood, pony beads and thread, leather dog collars, leather strap on belt, vinyl and buckle, twine, pai
    Death in the Afternoon is a one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. They are all highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, and are made with the

  • Love From Me to You
    2015
    Found tween blouses, dried roses, rabbit fur, ink, plastic flowers and leaves, plastic trinkets and animals, thread, jersey material
    Love From Me to You is one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. The strap ons are all highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, and are made with

  • Love From Me to You
    2015
    Found tween blouses, dried roses, rabbit fur, ink, plastic flowers and leaves, plastic trinkets and animals, thread, jersey material
    Love From Me to You is one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. The strap ons are all highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, and are made with

  • We Dance with Monsters through the Night
    2015
    Yarn, belt buckle, wax, cheesecloth, candles, canvas, air plants, halved fake birds, vintage beads, hatpins, feathers
    We Dance with Monsters through the Night is one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. The strap ons are highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, a

  • We Dance with Monsters through the Night
    2015
    Yarn, belt buckle, wax, cheesecloth, candles, canvas, air plants, halved fake birds, vintage beads, hatpins, feathers
    We Dance with Monsters through the Night is one of a group of sculptures I lovingly refer to as 'strap ons'. The strap ons are highly decorative, functional only in their use for ceremony, a

  • Playdoh Foot
    2015
    Play-doh, dirt, superglue, matte varnish

  • Playdoh Foot
    2015
    Play-doh, dirt, superglue, matte varnish

  • Synthesis
    2014
    shirt, planters, plants, pushpins
    Synthesis is a blouse with a bright yellow rose pattern on it, hung showing the back of the shirt and upside down. Each arm sleeve has an ivy houseplant coming out of the cuff.

  • C28, H33
    2014
    Aquaresin, Acrylic
    C28, H33 stands for Cyborgs 28, Humans 33. It is a score.

  • HAPPY
    2008/2014
    wood, fabric, foam, metal, video
    HAPPY is a video piece (2:30 seconds looped) and viewing booth. It is hung on the wall at an average person's height. The viewer is meant to lean into the booth to watch the video.

  • HAPPY
    2008/2014
    wood, fabric, foam, metal, video
    HAPPY is a video piece (2:30 seconds looped) and viewing booth. It is hung on the wall at an average person's height. The viewer is meant to lean into the booth to watch the video.

  • HAPPY
    2008/2014
    see video page

  • Untitled (Furniture, Feminine)
    2003/2010
    wood, mattress, stain
    The sculpture piece, Untitled (Furniture), is built from found table legs and a cot mattress.

  • Untitled (Furniture, Feminine)
    2003/2010
    wood, mattress, stain
    The sculpture piece, Untitled (Furniture), is built from found table legs and a cot mattress.

  • Ave Maria
    2005
    see video page

  • Crown
    2005
    plywood, industrial velcro, paint, blue velvet, lace, Marie Antoinette Wigs
    Crown is an absurdly large crown to be worn on the head of a giant who could never hold it up. His neck would give out.

  • Crown (detail)
    2005
    plywood, industrial velcro, paint, blue velvet, lace, Marie Antoinette Wigs
    Crown is an absurdly large crown to be worn on the head of a giant who could never hold it up. His neck would give out.

  • Crown (detail)
    2005
    plywood, industrial velcro, paint, blue velvet, lace, Marie Antoinette Wigs
    Crown is an absurdly large crown to be worn on the head of a giant who could never hold it up. His neck would give out.
 








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