"As opposed to nostalgia--the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home--Solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting people while they are directly connected to their home environment, in effect
their home leaves them" ~Glenn Albrechts, 2006
I was born in Holland, where early memories of dramatic clouds which I observed to be so rousing and powerful against the backdrop of an over cultivated country filled with crowds of people, constantly swept against the logic of order within Dutch society. This observation so deeply rooted in my conscious mind, is a constant reminder to me that ultimately nature cannot be harnessed. In my work, memories of place shift, as I travel and record my research. My studio practice tracks my sense of environmental loss as memories are ripped away by development, pollution, climate change and political actions that I have no control over. My paintings and drawings help me explore and reinterpret the time I enjoyed exploring the woods, climbing trees, avoiding the snakes, and catching the frogs in the streams of my youth. Never has the genre of figure and landscape been so critical and so urgent to my practice. Each painting portrays a fleeting, actively deconstructing moment within the natural world as portrayed in disintegrating parts, flowing or dissolving; the figure solid and seemingly permanent. In my mind, the figures are persistent strangers in nature, they don't seem to belong there or perhaps even know how they got there.
Nikki is currently represented by gallery Heskin Contemporary in New York City. She has taken part in many exhibitions and art fairs, nationally and internationally. Most recently she has had shows at Heskin Contemporary, both solo and group, Governors Island Air Fair, Metropolitan Green and the AAF in Milano Italy with Gallery Vagabond.
Recent press reviews includes, Huffington post, New York Magazine, L Magazine, Herald Tribune, Time Out Chicago and Asian Scientist.
Nikki Lindt was just nominated for a 2013 Anonymous was a Woman Award.
She has received the Pollock Krasner Grant, the Environmental Cultural Award/Grant from the Dutch Environmental Protection Agency and the Basic Subsidy Grant from the Dutch Funding for the Arts Program.
In 2009 and 2005 Nikki co-curated exhibitions Natural Reaction at Metropolitan Green in Williamsburg and Space B in Chelsea.
Yale University MFA (Painting and Printmaking)
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands BFA