Meredith Nickie

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Artist Statement

My practice explores narratives of resistance and complicity in form and meaning through sculpture, installation and photography. These diverse works challenge conventional ideas of structure, taste and progress in representations of race and class framed by the enduring legacies of culture and capital. I enlist the fanciful ornamentation of chinoiserie as an emblem of domination to explore the lingering indexes that visibly mark Black representation. This dynamic role-play of race and desire, in the continuous exchange of difference doubled, is collapsed through analogy and austere display. In pleasing gestures that paradoxically assure and menace, my sculptures and installations actively work to complicate iconographies of position and possession – teasing out how our lived experience is organized and subjugated, to construct new spaces and possibilities for arrest and challenge.

Through my work, I trace seeming opposites: the ambiguity or mutuality of notions of interior and exterior, private and public, enclosure and expansiveness, dependency and autonomy, sensual engagement and self-possessed detachment. I aim for my installations to resist coherent, corporeal readings all the while constructing them with the unrelenting precision of the commodity form. This demands mediation between denial and acceptance, danger and display. The insistence on the essentialist form of the commodity, and its rhetorical power, stylistically adheres to the contours of symmetry, frontality, sleekness, and normative proportion. Utilizing the mirror, and its doubling constructions, along with the cultural pastiche of chinoiserie, I assume the possession of an image as a spectacle – deploying the tensions between the pleasure and threat in looking. The authority of these baroque orchestrations is registered in placid, minimalist form. Here, the rapture of ornamentation, and the urge for resistance is enshrined in a fixed and tidy surface that performatively fragments across time and significances to careen new fictions.



Born in Toronto, Canada

Lives and Works in New York, NY



Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY


Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, DAAD Fellow [Advisor: Rebecca Horn]

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, Summer 2007
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY , Master of Fine Arts


York University, Toronto, Canada, Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

Lodge in Your Throat, AXENÉ07, Gatineau, Canada
Primitive Accumulation, in collaboration with Nathan Bennett, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

You Done Slip, Centre D’exposition Circa, Montréal, Canada

Deploy Black, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
This is Going Down, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Cartographies of Desire, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Curated by Taryn Sirove

Luxuriant Follies and Other Crimes, Outdoor Site Installation, Rand Hall, College of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

In the Shadows, Experimental Art Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Breach, Consulate of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Toronto, Canada

Eclipse, Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, York University, Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions

Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Curated by Laura Napier and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin

Gold, Dillon Gallery, New York, NY

Signs on the Road, Curatorial Research Lab, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Workroom G (Leslie Brack, Michael Ashkin, Josh Geldzahler)

Repurpose, The John and June Allcott Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Curated by Roxana Perez-Mendez
Simultaneous Presence: 2010 Sculpture at Evergreen Biennial, Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Curated by Ronit Eisenbach and Jennie Fleming
Shallow Graves: From Heritage to Heterotopia, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Nico Wheadon
Afro Blue: Meredith Nickie & Maki Ueno, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY

Sugar, Sugar, I.D.E.A Space, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. Curated by Jessica Hunter Larsen
In Practice Projects, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Fionn Meade
Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT. Curated by Zina Davis
Open Studios, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Whitney ISP Studio Exhibition, Art in General, New York, NY. Curated by Nina Horisaki-Christens

Fabula Rasa: An MFA Collaboration between Cornell Creative Writers and Fine Artists, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

MFA Graduate Show, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Brad Borthwick & Meredith NIickie, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MFA Graduate Show, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Mind the Gap, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell MFA: Graduate Artists’ Group Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY

Mark Holden & Meredith Nickie, I.D.A. Gallery, York University, Toronto, Canada

Honours/ Awards

LMCC Workspace Residency, New York, NY (upcoming)

AXENÉ07 Artist Residency, Gatineau, Canada
Triangle Arts Association Residency, New York, NY
Millay Colony Artist Residency, Austerlitz, NY
Jerome Fellowship, Franconia Sculpture Park
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Jackie McLean Fellowship, University of Hartford
KM Hunter Award Nomination, KM Hunter Foundation
Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Grant and Residency

Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Graduate Artist Fellowship
Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust SACI Scholarship for a year of study in Florence [Awarded but declined due to scheduling conflict] Skowhegan Fellowship and Lisa Richards Travel Grant
School of Criticism & Theory Fellowship, Cornell University [Awarded but declined due to scheduling conflict] International Student Programming Board Exhibition Grant, Cornell University

Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University awarded 2005-2007

L.L. Odette Sculpture Scholarship, York University
Carl Dair Memorial Award, York University

Entrance Scholarship, York University
Fine Arts Talent Award, York University


John A. Tyson, Meredith Nickie: (Dis-)Lodgings and Dwellings, Gatineau: AXENÉ07, 2014. *

Emily Anne Kuriyama, “Toronto-Based Visual Artists You Should Know,” Complex Magazine, September 22, 2013.
Bettina Forget, “Friday’s Favourite Four,” The Belgo Report, March 8, 2013.
Roya Rastegar, You Done Slip, Montréal: Centre D’exposition Circa, 2013. *

“ICA Curatorial Hot Picks!” [Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania], June 2010.
Roberta Fallon, “Eternity and Memorials in Chinatown last Friday,” The Art Blog, June 10, 2010.
Katie Fanuko, “Gallery Spotlight: Vox Populi,” Alarm Magazine, June 7, 2010.
Lisa Morgan, Ronit Eisenbach, and James Abbott, “Sculpture at Evergreen,” WYPR Radio, Baltimore: The Signal, May 28, 2010.
Peter Boyce, “Sculpture at Evergreen 6: Simultaneous Presence,” Radar Redux, May 21, 2010.
Michael O’ Sullivan, “Sculpture at Evergreen 6: Simultaneous Presence,” The Washington Post, May 14, 2010.
“Photos: Simultaneous Presence at Evergreen Museum & Library,” The Baltimore Sun, April 29, 2010.
Ronit Eisenbach, and Jennie Fleming, Simultaneous Presence. Baltimore: Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University, 2010. * Nico Wheadon, Shallow Graves. New York: Rush Arts Gallery, 2010. *
“Art Feature: Must-see Shows,” NOW Magazine, January 27-February 3, 2010 I VOL 29 NO 22.
Sarah Albert, “Sugar, Sugar Sweetens the I.D.E.A. Space,” The Catalyst, January 22, 2010.
David Balzer, “The Powers that Be,” Eye Weekly, January 20, 2010.
Isabelle Mignault, “Reportage sur les Arts,” Radio Canada, National: Au dela de la 401, January 18, 2010.
Louise Bak, “Meredith Nickie at A Space,” CIUT Radio, Toronto: Sex City, January 9, 2010.
Taryn Sirove, Cartographies of Desire. Toronto: A Space Gallery, 2010. *

Rhonda Van Pelt, “Sweet I.D.E.A.,” Colorado Springs Examiner, November 20, 2009.
Roger Catlin, “Faculty Shows in Storrs, U of H,” Hartford Courant, September 3, 2009.
Paul Laster, “The Scene,” Art in America, September 12, 2009.
Mary Charlotte Domandi, “Santa Fe Art Institute Residents,” KSFR Radio, Santa Fe: Santa Fe Radio Café, July 20, 2009.
Ruthie Ackerman, “Whitney Celebrates Founder and Fashion,”, June 18, 2009.
Sharell Natal, “Review: Art in General,” 21-7 Magazine, No. 5: May 2009.
Jeff Kindle, “Whitney Independent Study Program Show,” Dossier, May 7, 2009.

* exhibition brochure

Professional Activity

Academic Experience:

Jackie McLean Fellow/ Visiting Faculty, University of Hartford, CT, 2009 – 2010

Visiting Artist Lectures:

Triangle Arts Association, New York, NY 2014
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN 2014
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2011
George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2011
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC, 2010
A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2010
Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY, 2009
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 2009
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 2009
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2009
University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2009
University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 2009