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
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
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
1999 University of Ottawa, B.F.A. in Visual Arts
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
2007 Vermont Studio Centre
2006 Saskatchewan Artists and Writers Colonies
2004 Atelier d'estampe Sagamie