Nikki Alexander Atkinson (b. 1982 Fort Collins, CO)
Lives: Austin, Texas

University of Washington, Seattle BFA Painting (2005)
UniversIty of Washington, Seattle BA Art History (2005)

After many years working and studying figurative oil painting, I didn’t feel connected to the medium. When I took traditional embroidery classes at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City in 2009, I discovered a new voice and medium I truly felt spoke to my experience. My father is from a German family in New Braunfels, Texas and my mother is from Guatemala. Working on traditional evenweave fabric with the vibrant colors like those found in traditional Guatemalan fabrics and embroidery, it felt familiar and true to both histories.
I could use these techniques to explore modern topics relevant to my personal experience and
Texan / Guatemalan heritage. This medium is a fusion of cultures and vehicle to my personal voice and artistic expression. These micro cross stitch and colorful works can’t be replicated by machines. Each piece is extremely labor intensive and has become a space for me that is creative, introspective and meditative.

2017: Our Daily Armor, group exhibition, Seattle, WA
2017: Due East, group exhibiton,  Big Medium,  Austin, TX
2017: East Austin Studio Tours, Austin, TX
2013: ‘Ravel’, group embroidery exhibition, Heliopolis Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2005: ‘Plush You!’, group exhibition, Schmancy, Seattle WA
2005: graduate show, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA
2004: solo exhibition, Solstice Cafe, Seattle WA
2004: solo exhibition, Allegro Cafe, Seattle WA
2003: solo exhibition, Allegro Cafe, Seattle WA
2000: student group show, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA
1999: solo exhibition, Sunlight Cafe, Seattle WA