Nicki Marx moved during the 1980s from her native California to Taos, New Mexico, where she currently resides and maintains a studio. The artist celebrates the “magic of nature” by working exclusively with natural materials such as mica and feathers.
Historically, feathers were associated with ancient cultures who believed that they possessed the sacred powers of the heavenly realms, and yet, the artist’s feather work relates to modern forms and contemporary ideas. “It’s there,” Marx says of the strong spiritual ambiance found in her work.
“Almost everything I do is a mandala. For me, the process is transcendent, about meditation, letting the energy flow through me. If that comes out in my work, then I’ve been successful.”