About The Artist

Nicki Voss • Santa Clarita, CA

I am a visual artist based in California. My current work in textiles is characterized by a fascination with mapping, geometry, geography, and color. I love the duality of the quilt form; it is a familiar object of comfort and equally an object for visual stimulation. It is this precise juxtaposition—is it this or is it that—that I am drawn to. I am captivated by the concept of a visual twofold. I maintain a teaching practice, and hold a certificate and bachelors and masters degrees in art.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My design process begins with nature photography, which I then translate into forms and color compositions that are materialized in cloth. The quilt, a tactile blank canvas, becomes the logical medium through which I explore our relationship to the outdoors in all of its manifestations, rural, urban, manmade, and undeveloped. To that end, the medium is of particular interest to me with respect to the systematic use of modular patterns, templates, and styles that enable my designs.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I enjoy the interplay among working with fixed dimensions and the organic process of spontaneous artistic decision making, while also being beholden to the fabric material itself, which offers its own characteristics, possibilities, and limitations. I am humbled by the creative legacy of a myriad of unseen people, almost exclusively women, who have worked in this medium for years. For them, I embrace the quilt art form specifically, because I am also aware of the stigma attached.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

In my current work I am investigating the following question: is it possible to capture in a quilt the feeling of how we derive comfort from the outdoors? Can our experiences of the environment be stitched into a tangible object, which may then in turn surprise us further? By seeing our world expressed through unexpected forms, might we then comprehend our world and ourselves in different ways altogether? I want my work to disrupt biases by repositioning quilt making at large as a viable contemporary art practice.