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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
    13.5”w x 3' 4”h x 1'7”d
    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
    13.5”w x 3' 4”h x 1'7”d
    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
    3'w x 2.5'h x 6”d
    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
    3'w x 2.5'h x 6”d
    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
    4'w x 4.5'h x 6"d
    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
    4'w x 4.5'h x 6"d
    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
    size 7 women's shoe

  • Playdoh Foot
    2015
    Play-doh, dirt, superglue, matte varnish
    size 7 women's shoe

  • Synthesis
    2014
    shirt, planters, plants, pushpins
    14" x 37" x 5"
    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
    6" x 3.5" x 2.5"
    C28, H33 stands for Cyborgs 28, Humans 33. It is a score.

  • HAPPY
    2008/2014
    wood, fabric, foam, metal, video
    15.5" x 15" x 22"
    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
    15.5" x 15" x 22"
    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
    4' x 3' x 2.5'
    The sculpture piece, Untitled (Furniture), is built from found table legs and a cot mattress.

  • Untitled (Furniture, Feminine)
    2003/2010
    wood, mattress, stain
    4' x 3' x 2.5'
    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
    8' x 8' x 6'
    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
    8' x 8' x 6'
    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
    8' x 8' x 6'
    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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