Auckland artist / photographer, Niki Hill graduated Elam School of Fine Arts in 2009 with a BFA (Honours), returning to complete a MFA in 2018.
Niki has a background as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2009 she was a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, and most recently was the winner of an emergent artist prize at the NZ ART SHOW, 2018.
Hill’s work is held in collections in Australia, Canada, Germany and New Zealand, including two artworks purchased by the Wallace Arts Trust.
These visual vignettes take a fresh approach to the tradition of Still Life or Nature Morté. Traditional Still Life paintings reflected the values of much earlier times; a simple group of objects from daily life, a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, celebrating the beauty of life’s abundance and indicating one’s wealth and position. A skull setting with a snuffed-out candle and time pieces warning of the transient nature of life and the importance of wise decision making and prudent actions.
The work presented in Bizarre High Tea (2014) are a contemporary approach to the Still Life genre, in which the messages are slippery and loaded with the nuance of current cultural conversations, fusing traditional concerns with contemporary ideas and issues. The High Tea or Afternoon tea theme is an ideal setting for the contemporary conversations that flow through my artwork. From the origins of tea in China, to the British genteel feminine tradition of afternoon tea, my ideas flow from art movements, fairy tale genre, the poetry of spiritual love, conservation, scandal and issues of environmental concerns.