Works
Overview

My work has always dealt with paradox through the merging of dark and light to

create unity.

NICKI D. MARX is a self-taught artist who has had over forty one-person and museum

exhibitions. Her work is in many important museum, private and public collections and

she is honored in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in

American Art, Who's Who of American Women and the World Who's Who of Women, as

well as being included in many books and publications.

She works exclusively with natural materials and says this about her work:

"My work is a personal celebration of life and an exploration of natural materials.

The process of working is for me a ritual, a dance, a prayer of thanksgiving and a

plea for survival. I believe that our culture is sorely lacking in meaningful ritual

and celebration and is lacking a deep, respectful awareness of nature.

My work has always dealt with paradox through the merging of dark and light to

create unity. The work is connected to ancient traditions yet is related to modem forms and ideas. I am acutely aware of the materials with which I work: of how they invoke the

peaceful, the intimate and the delicate, yet also the violent, grand and awesome

beauty found in nature. These materials allow me to celebrate the earth's

mystery, vitality and power."

Biography

My work, in its different facets, is a cry for the environment, for Mother Nature, and a celebratory ritual of our connection to the Earth,” Marx said. “ I feel that I am merely a conduit of earth magic -- through my eyes, heart and hands to my work. It’s a very powerful act and that strength is hopefully reflected in my pieces. -- Nicki Marx

Born and raised in California, Nicki Marx attended University of California-Riverside and University of California-Santa Cruz. She became an early star of the art-to-wear movement in the ’70s and she created, exhibited and sold her pieces nationally. In spite of her wide travels, Nicki Marx kept returning to New Mexico, spending time in Santa Fe and Taos until she moved there permanently in 1985. The self-taught artist began to incorporate feathers into her jewelry when she found a packet of feathers used for fly fishing in a Santa Fe store. The feathers are legally obtained from birds raised for food or pets who shed their feathers. Marx’s name became well known in the artistic circles — Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Nevelson have owned her work.

 

Once in Taos, Marx also changed the focus of her work, from wearable art to wall assemblages. Some of these highly detailed pieces were made of feathers, but she also used mixed media and encaustic paint.

“My work, in its different facets, is a cry for the environment, for Mother Nature, and a celebratory ritual of our connection to the Earth,” Marx said. “I feel that I am merely a conduit of earth magic -- through my eyes, heart and hands to my work. It’s a very powerful act and that strength is hopefully reflected in my pieces.”

Marx’s work, both wearable art and wall assemblages, is currently part of many private collections. It is also owned by public collections like The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Harwood Museum, the University Art Museum at Arizona State University, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Stanford University, IBM and Bank of America.

Exhibitions
Bibliography

MILLS, Rosie Chambers and TIGERMAN, Bobbye, Editors Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection, with essays by Helen W. Drutt English, and Blake Gopnik, Benjamin Lignel, Rosie Chambers Mills and Bobbye Tigerman. LACMA, 2016 

HEMP, Christine, "Review," THE Magazine, December, 1994

PARKS, Steve, "Wax Eloquent," Inside Art, May, 1991

BLUMENTHAL, Susan. "Bones," New Mexican Magazine, April, 1990

SCHERCH, Meg, "Using Animal Skulls," Chicago Sun Times, Jon. 8, 1989

DRAKE, Jonathon, "Nicki Marx," Monterey Life Magazine, June, 1983

MUCHNICK, Susan, "Review," Los Angeles Times, April, 1982

DUTTON, Ann, "Artists by Nature," Arizona Living Magazine, April, 1976

BURKHART, Dorothy, "Nicki Marx: Review," "Women in the Visual Arts," Visual Dialog Magazine, 1974

MILLER, "Nicki Marx: Fine Feathers," Home Magazine, Los Angeles Times, June 24, 1973

Art Week, various

Crofts Horizons, various

The Taos News, various

Beagle & Wolman, American Denim: A New Folk Art, Harry Abrams, NY, 1975

Emery & Anderson, Craftsman Lifestyle: The Gentle Revolution, California Design Publications, 1977

Who's Who in America, 1995, 1996, 1999,2000,2006,2007, 2008

Who's Who in American Art, 1984·1991

Who's Who in the West, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997

Who's Who of American Women, 1984, 1985, 2006, 2007

Who's Who in California

American Artisls: An Illustrated Survey, 1989, 1990

Notable American Women, 5th edition

World Who's Who of Women, 1993·94, 2006, 2007, 2008 edition

International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women,

1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999,2006,2007. 2008

Inlernational Edifion of 500 Notable Women, 1998

2000 Notable American Women, 8th edition

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