We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicki Marx and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicki, how do you think about risk?
My whole adult life has been a risk: making art is a risk. I am manifesting something that has never been done before and there are no guidelines or guarantees– that is a risk. I live on the edge financially because of this risk, but I also take the risk of believing in myself , my vision/work. It is working out pretty well so far….
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I celebrate and honor the natural world by making art with natural materials (feathers, mica, shells, earth bones etc.). I am pleased that, as a self-taught artist with a unique vision, I have been able to actualize and share my vision .
My work is unique — it is not traditional painting or sculpture, and it has been very challenging to find acceptance for it in the art world. I think I have overcome the challenges by persistence and faith in my vision and my work. The art world has also become more accepting of non-traditional work.
I hope that my work touches people with my message of honoring the natural world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Any hiking trail in the mountains, on the mesa, or by the river. Lamberts, Medley,Sushi Hatori and Gutiz (for brunch) restaurants.
The Harwood Museum and some of the galleries.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ruth Marx, Fritz Scholder
Michael Gorman, Kathleen Brennan