CURRENT EXHIBITION Sept 2018: Selected series of works on paper curated by ArtFount curated by Kelli Fontana: https://www.fountart.com ... read moreCURRENT EXHIBITION Sept 2018: Selected series of works on paper curated by ArtFount curated by Kelli Fontana: https://www.fountart.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ When I watched the body of work that I’ve created over a span of ten years (in a more professional manner) & I’m quite excited. Days after days, weeks after weeks & years after years, it took quite some dedication, patience, despair at times & a strong passion to keep producing new works. I’m grateful for all the people who gave me the opportunity to exhibit my work, curate it to be included in exhibitions & individuals who acquire my work. The most challenging is to keep creating while current situations are not ideal (space, time, money). I’m amazed at how artists have the ability to take a simple piece of paper (or any other medium) & create something that will be valuable for someone else. Somehow, creating something from nothing, while adding his own personal meaning & signature. In regard to my past exhibitions, I’ve explored installations, paintings, drawings & sculptures. I was surprised how some audience were looking, studying & asking questions about why & how my work was arranged this way and not another. These are cherished memories. In the recent years, I worked with the circumstances of a limited workspace & focus mainly on work on paper. This new series of works (using oil pastels on paper) started after the Grid series (a hypnotic & geometric work). My body of work evolves with my mood or before becoming bored. These organic drawings are a gateway to what I have in my mind. They all start by having a white piece of paper in front of me. I took a few seconds to think about what I'm going to do & quickly trace the external contour of the shapes. The color choice is to define & I ask myself which color will complement the others. The second step is to fill the empty blocks with color. I start by the outside to finish at the center. This way of doing it, makes the shapes more textured. Visually, the artwork is flat but if they were some sculptures, it will be the starting representation of it. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Born in 1975 and raised in Quimper, Brittany, Nathalie Chikhi lives and works in Orlando, Florida. She earned her Bachelor in Visual "Communication (Cum Laude) from Le Paraclet, Quimper in 1996 and a degree in Interactive Multimedia from Les Gobelins, Paris in 1999. She has shown at many venues across the USA since 2006, including the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami (2008), The MassMoca in North Adams, MA (2011), the Museum for Women Artists in Deland, FL (2011), UCF art gallery in Orlando (2012) and FSU gallery of Fine Art in Tallahassee (2012). She held her first solo show at Twelve 21, Orlando in Sept 2011. Her works ‘Homage to Donald Judd”, sculpture and painting were exhibited at Aqua during Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011. One of her painting, OPAD #1, was selected for the Nurture Art Annual Benefit 2012, in Brooklyn NY. From March 2 to April 20, 2013, she had a solo exhibition, titled “HUE” at Alt Space Gallery, with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. In April-May 2014, she did a site-specific installation at ArtFields, Lake City SC. She had a group exhibition in Tampa, in September 2014 curated by Danny Olda. She created a mobile installation, for, with the Maitland "Art Center, that was shown across Orlando in March 2015. Her new work “the Trees” was part of the Spring Benefit for Momenta Art NY, in April 2015. Recently one of her drawings was included in a group exhibition during Art Basel 2017 with Alfa-Gallery, in Miami who also represents some of her work. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Visit my Website ♥ http://www.nathaliechikhi.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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