I am captivated by Americana and the ideal presented in American culture. Places, people and things in American culture are imbued with what is supposed to be, but reality is often some variation of that ideal. In my view the altered ideal, the imperfect, is far more interesting than the projected ideal. The ideal that society projects is full of the safety, status and satisfaction, whether the ideal is referring to family life, a toy, a car, etc. But once obtained, consumed or experienced, individuals of the society are commonly left with some variation of what was promised. Some of those real experiences are less than promised, while others are more, especially if the participant is willing to see the experience outside the paradigm of the expected. My work represents the ideal with a twist that leads to an experience outside that ideal, beyond it, for better or worse.
Wistful, my newest work, 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 chrysanthemum is the subject of my series titled Mesmerizing Mums. Both beautiful and familiar, the chrysanthemum is infused with an atypical, vibrant color and placed within a background that enhances its characteristics. My goal with this series is to stimulate visual appetites for color, and bring to focus the contradiction of the simplicity and complexity that is the chrysanthemum.
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 American culture, and the fascinating imperfection of reality.
She was born in California, but spent much of her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a child Nicci was drawn to painting and color, and after a full career as a pediatric nurse practitioner, she focused her formidable powers on her lifelong delight in painting and creating. She resides in the city of Katy, in the great state of Texas.
I use the finest quality acrylic paint on archival, museum quality panels or museum wrapped canvas. Each painting 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.