I tell a contemporary tale in my work that often urges a consideration of what we do. From English fairytales to the Hindu pantheon, whether appropriating characters or manifesting new ones, painting and drawing make up my primary work. I take a free approach and let my ideas dictate the media.
I approach big issues in painting through contemporary metaphorical narrative. I combine graphic drawing with intense color and expressive mark making. Along with charcoal and pen, I collage found materials such as newspaper articles and discarded objects found on the streets of Brooklyn to form a dialogue around an issue. I am also interested in the unique emotional quality of paint as a means to forge an enduring effect on the viewer. Through immediate drawings in paint and other processes, I search for a "living" mark as opposed to a more consciously made or preconceived "dead" one.
Informed by post-modern theory, a digital sensibility and painting the expressive mark, my work is inclusive. Painters like Hans Ackerman, Jules De Balincourt, Daniel Richter and Inka Essenhigh have given me insight on dealing with digital imagery and current issues in painting. Artists like Martin Kippenberger, Chris Martin, Dieter Roth and Thornton Dial push me towards the non-literal and inspire me to embrace everything as material for art making. When hearing Wafaa Bilal, a brilliant inspirational Iraqi artist, who uses the Internet, interactive video and performance to engage the public on sensitive subjects, talk at the New School, he said, "Artists become an invisible mirror in society". My goal is to make my work this clear and resounding. During an artist's talk I gave in conjunction with a show in the Netherlands, a Congolese refugee asked if I felt an obligation as an artist to fight for those without the same facility to tell their stories. She asked if I could take on her story as " Nobody talks about what happens to women during war in Africa... Nobody cares! " Hers will be the next story I put to imagery.
"Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan", a graphic novel I created the artwork for has been published. The novel covers the survival stories of Sudanese Refugees now living in Texas will be used in the curriculum of inner-city schools in Texas and the Netherlands. Sample artwork pages can be viewed in my portfolio: nikisingletonstudio.com. The book can be bought here: http://echoesofthelostboys.com
"Slick Move", is a dance video piece I made in collaboration which centered generally around the subject of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and, on a broader scale, our oil dependence. This piece can be viewed here: