Niki Kriese
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My current paintings are interpretations of deceptively mundane situations I encounter in my day-to-day life. I see my job as making them gripping, hilarious, and full of empathy. After decades of staunch abstraction, I recently began using imagery in my work, admitting my vulnerability but also keeping one foot in my former methods. I don’t think of it as a fight between abstraction and representation, but more shifting between space and flatness, depiction and directness. Painting my way to evocative depth.

At the same time, I decided to truly embrace what it meant to paint my everyday, acknowledging my roles of mother, day-job worker, suburban house-haver. Once I freed myself from the taboo of the unromantic, I found so much freedom for inclusively exploring the visuals in front of me. I stopped censoring imagery and could create a more generous reflection of my experience. These pieces are not about parenting, but about recognizing surprising composition, pattern and grid, light and shadow, the visual in the everyday.