I am captivated by the ideals presented in culture. Places, people and things in are imbued with some promise of perfection, but reality is often some variation of that promise. Once the ideal is obtained, consumed or experienced, individuals can be left with a real experience that is different than the promised perfection. However, if the participant is willing to see the real experience outside the paradigm of the expected it can lead to a far more interesting encounter. My work explores our relationships with cultural ideals and the realities of these constructs.
The collection titled wistful is composed of a series of still life paintings all reminiscent of the past. The work in this series offers typical perfection as the object once was, while within the paired piece the object is transformed by some type of loss or alteration. The transformation is infused with the fun of the journey and its compelling final destination.
The series of chrysanthemum paintings are infused with an atypical, vibrant color and placed within a background that enhances its unusual characteristics. This group of paintings stimulates visual appetites and emphasizes the beauty of imperfection.
The totem series is a fun set of paintings depicting little towers of candy that captivate with delicious colors, shapes and decorations, but perhaps the reality of these little delights is less appealing than their appearance would lead one to believe.
Nicci Sevier-Vuyk is a visual artist who has a passion for transforming the ordinary into the unexpected. Her work is motivate by the contrast between ‘the ideal’, as viewed through the lens of culture, and the fascinating imperfection of reality.
Nicci is a California born artist who has made her home in Houston, Texas. She has loved creating art since she can remember: she painted and drew like crazy when she was a kid! With the best intentions her parents steered her away from a career in art and instead she pursued the profession of nursing, completed an advanced degree and had a full career. Throughout that time she never stopped creating. She began to take art classes at The Glassell School of Art in Houston. It wasn’t long before she realized that creating art was her true calling. In 2014 she launched her art career full time. She has had two individual gallery exhibitions and been a part of many selected juried exhibitions in Houston and beyond.
I use the finest quality acrylic paint on archival, museum quality panels or gallery wrapped canvas. Each painting listed on my website has a description and dimension details. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. If you see a painting that has been sold but want something similar please contact me and I would be happy to create something just for you.