Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

January 25 – March 23, 2019

 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register

 

Nika Feldman unveils a series of seven garment-like works along with accompanying objects of adornment, made from recycled t-shirt parts and salvaged aluminum can pull-tabs. Representing over 2,000 hours of handwork by the Nova Scotia artist, the intricate pieces are inspired by the coded language of clothing. “It’s an attempt to create a new dialect,” Feldman says. “In today’s world what does contemporary clothing say about North American culture?”

The artist’s ubiquitous materials communicate concepts of status, currency, convenience, and disposability. By presenting quotidian materials in a dazzling new context and giving them a human shape on the wall, Feldman brings viewers face-to-face with the cultural value systems that they embody.

 

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Biography

Nika Feldman has been working as a contemporary textile artist for over fifteen years.  The conceptual narratives behind her work focus on the connection between people, culture, clothing and identity.  Not surprisingly, Feldman’s previous careers in fashion design and social work play integral parts to the development of her expression as an artist.  However, Nika is no stranger to the art world.  Having grown up with a father who is an artist her art education began young with much time spent in museums and galleries.  She took to drawing and painting quite naturally, regularly winning art competitions in grade school, and throughout adolescence was never without a sketchbook.  Since receiving her BFA from NSCAD University, she has made her mark in the art world with needle and thread.  In the end, it was the tools of her mother as opposed to the brushes and palette of her father that she felt an instinctive connection.  With those tools she has traveled to different countries; as a scholarship recipient, a guest artist working on projects for nonprofit organizations, and as an invited workshop leader. Nika Feldman’s textile work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, has garnered numerous awards and has received regular funding from various arts councils. In remaining true to her practice, Nika continues to develop, exhibit and disseminate her work outside of the commercial art world.