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Meet Nicky Alice

Today we’d like to introduce you to nicky alice.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Look into a mirror, and one thing is sure; what we see is not who we are. Born and residing in Orange County, California. I go by Alice, which is my last name, and I have always had an interest in uniqueness. What is more unique than using a mirror as a canvas? My procedure includes etching an image in reverse on the backside of the mirror and then applying paint in backward layers from the reverse side of the mirror, producing a dimensional mirror painting. I use natural pigments in my paint made from anything from sacred lotus flowers to my own blood, offering a most intimate medium. When asked what inspired this style of paint, I replied: “I wanted to offer my viewers not just a piece by the artist, but of the artist.”I became very interested in the study of consciousness and sacred geometry, so you will see that type of imagery in my most recent work. I have recently stepped into the fourth dimension with my recent creations as well as a large scale installation of an interactive kaleidoscope for people at Burning Man.

Please tell us about your art.
I developed the process to produce my style of work over the course of years of experimenting. The process unfolded after I dream I had where I painted a picture in reverse. The dream was referring to a mid-19th-century art restoration I did on a priceless mirror painting. I use the reverse painting technique I developed to restore this work of art with modern conceptualization combined with dreamlike consciousness themed imagery. Most of the inspiration you will see in my recent work has been derived from geometry, spiritual experience, and nature. Are you familiar with the 4th dimension? One of my recent works, “The Tesseract,” has gotten the most attention. It is made of 2-way mirror, one-way mirror, glass tubes, and LED introducing an infinite effect bringing my work into a completely new realm. I find that working with mirrors, every viewer takes something different from it. They become a part of the artwork depending on where they are standing. You should also know that my work is best viewed in person as mirrors are unable to be captured in a photograph. Taking pictures of my work has proven to be the most difficult part of working with mirrors.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Getting off your devices and into the art studio. Once you mastered that, put your art where people can see it… I’m not just talking online. Don’t have expectations and never give up. It took me years to unlearn what I previously knew in order to become successful. So always remember to be completely opened to everything. Find your inspiration within yourself or in nature, and you will have endless inspiration.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, I am showing at Laguna Art-A-Fair through the summer. The Hugo Rivera Gallery and the Laguna Beach Chakra Spa Gallery. I will be at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival this winter as well. If you plan on going to Burning Man this summer, you will be able to experience The Portal. The Portal is a 35-foot tall comprehensive kaleidoscope art installation created by myself and Johnny Crash who is a large scale interactive sculpture artist. We met at Burning Man a few years ago and decided to collaborate to do something on the grand scale. Imagine yourself inside of a giant kaleidoscope where your own image becomes fractalized, and your perception is no longer one you are familiar with. This is the idea behind my latest work of art. You can learn about and support this on Instagram as we share the journey of bringing this piece to life. We are currently fundraising for The Portal. Please follow @Projectportalofficial.

Online you can see my work on my personal Instagram where I post time lapse videos of me creating each piece giving you the opportunity to see my entire process, giving you a complete idea of what goes into my work. And my exhibitions are listed on my website

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Nicky Alice
On the personal picture of me holding the wine glass – Hannah Verbeuren

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