New Jersey, USA
GET TO KNOW NIKKI TERRY
Q: HOW DO YOU USE YOUR ART AS A PLATFORM OR VOICE TO COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND STAND FOR?
A: When I think about my artist voice, I first have to reflect on my life before I started painting. I kept a lot of what I thought, or how I felt to myself. Uncertainties I had about myself and curiosities that I had about the world, I questioned silently because I was too insecure to question them aloud. I grew up an Adult Child, so I didn’t have the innocence that some children have. That lack of innocence led to a life of ‘being seen and not heard’ which morphed into an adult life of not liking the sound of my voice. When I started painting, this all changed. I use my art to give voice to those women who don’t feel heard in their families. I create space in my paintings for those women who need a resting place to gather their feelings. I choose colors and allow for movement in my work hoping that women begin to hear strength and beauty in their voice. I paint for women to see reflected back to them a chance to be soft and kind to themselves.
Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A WORK OF ART IS COMPLETE?
A: There is one specific sigh that I make. It’s a sigh like no other sigh, and I feel it in the pit of my stomach. I stop. I put down my brush.
Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND MOTIVATES YOU TODAY?
A: The color of my skin motivates me. The lives lost to police brutality motivates me. The lives of women who have committed suicide motivates me. Mental Illness motivates me. My mother’s depression motivates me. The love for my wife motivates me. The loss of my father motivates me. The word love motivates me, and most importantly, processing parts of my childhood that I lost motivates me too.