Nikesha Breeze is an African American/Assyrian, emerging interdisciplinary artist, painter, sculptor, performance artist and teacher. Her work is currently on display at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos New Mexico. Entitled "Within this Skin" a series of oil paintings and sculpture addressing race and resilience. Here is what she says about her work and being an artist, "I am a black woman, a mother, queer and alive. These truths weave themselves throughout my work. I am inseparable from them, just as the skin I am in. My work seeks to engage the viewer in a relationship of the soul. A personal act of witnessing and being witnessed. As a form of active resistance, I speak directly to the heart of issues such as race, sex, power, gender and human suffering at the same time as evoking a sense of the sacred and irrepressible urgency of the human spirit. My Art is an act of conscious resistance. By this I mean, that I believe Art and Art making must be the highest act of civil and personal disobedience. Art must ask questions. The life of an artist must ask questions of itself all of the time. Art must risk. I believe if art is not risking something, then it can only call back unto the known, and the known grows tired with itself in time. Art must not be afraid. Because art must live and breath at the very edge of being, inside the wound of all of human suffering and human beauty. The power of art is not in its ability to be a mirror for society, but in its ability to show what is hidden under the layers, and to speak from that place to all that is." Read More about Nikesha and her Story at : http://www.unummagazine.com
Nikesha's ArtPrize Entries
These are Nikesha's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Nikesha's Past Work
These are images of past work that Nikesha has done.