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Nikki Middlemiss
updated: 08/06/2013
website: www.nikkimiddlemiss.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Diffractions
Diffractions (detail)
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions (detail)
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions
Diffractions (detail)
Moving Towards Solid
Moving Towards Solid
Moving Towards Solid
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, landscape, mapping, meditative, nature, obsessive, pattern, process, repetition, systems
 
 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker, rubbing alcohol on mylar
2012
24" x  28" 
Diffractions (detail) by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions (detail)
Marker, rubbing alcohol on mylar
2012
24" x  28" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker on mylar
2011
18" x  24" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker on mylar
2011
24" x  24" 
Diffractions (detail) by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions (detail)
Marker on mylar
2011
24" x  24" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker on mylar
2011
18" x  24" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker on mylar
2011
24" x  24" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker, acrylic ink on mylar
2013
18" x  18" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker, acrylic ink on mylar
2012
18" x  24" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker, rubbing alcohol on mylar
2012
24" x  28" 
Diffractions by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions
Marker, rubbing alcohol on mylar
2011
18" x  24" 
Diffractions (detail) by Nikki Middlemiss
Diffractions (detail)
Marker, rubbing alcohol on mylar
2011
18" x  24" 
Moving Towards Solid by Nikki Middlemiss
Moving Towards Solid
Diluted ink on paper
2008
21 " x  25 " 
Moving Towards Solid by Nikki Middlemiss
Moving Towards Solid
Watercolour on paper
2009
22 " x  38 " 
Moving Towards Solid by Nikki Middlemiss
Moving Towards Solid
Diluted ink on Paper
2009
28" x  40" 

Artist Statement

A recurring preoccupation in my practice is my need to create or locate order within complex or chaotic systems. My aesthetics are characteristically spare, and I rely formally on a flattened pictorial space and the rhythm and repetition of organic elements to expand the repertoire of my personal visual language.

In my Diffractions drawings, a build-up of lines create intricate surfaces that are subsequently eroded upon or reconfigured. A fine-meshed grid gives way to directionless meanderings; an alcohol spray is submerged beneath dense, horizontally-aligned strokes. A slight shimmer is effected where overlapping marker lines bleed together on the impermeable mylar, drawing the eye repeatedly back to the drawing’s smooth, translucent surface. Such is a deliberate process of production, deterioration and repair to arrive at a finished whole.

Meditations on cartography inform my Moving Towards Solid series. A map is a highly subjective snapshot of a terrain: shorelines shift seasonally, a changing climate influences vegetal dispersion and a grid is arbitrarily imposed on natural formations. These wet medium drawings are intended to characterize a territory differently than does a map produced for factual purposes. In illustrating selectively from topographical maps, I seek to excavate the hidden attributes of these unidentified places in revealing the monolithic formations that hover between realism and abstraction when they are reduced to miniature scale.


 

Artist Bio / CV

Nikki Middlemiss lives in Montréal, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

2008  Afterimage, Galerie B-312, Montréal          
2008  Rémanence, Grave, Victoriaville
2006  The Candidates, Centre des arts actuels Skol, Montréal
2002  Sky Lines, Centre des arts actuels Skol, Montréal
2001  Neighbourhood, Gallery 101, Ottawa

Group Exhibitions

2012 Collecting Photography, Collecting the World, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton

2009 Meet me in the stacks: The Bookmark Project, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

2008  Biennale du dessin, 2e édition, Musée d’art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Mont-Saint-Hilaire
2005  Inhabit, Public space interventions and walking tour in Montréal’s Mile End neighbourhood
2004  Proof 11, Gallery 44, Toronto
2000  Selected photographs, The AnteChamber, Regina

Education

1999  University of Ottawa, B.F.A. in Visual Arts

Grants

2006  Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Artistic Research and Creation Grant
2004  Canada Council for the Arts Creation and Production Grant
2000  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Residencies

2007  Vermont Studio Centre
2006  Saskatchewan Artists and Writers Colonies
2004  Atelier d'estampe Sagamie