Nika Feldman is a contemporary textile artist, whose work often incorporates installation and performance elements. She uses only the simplest of tools: scissors, needle and thread; and the simplest of methods: cutting and stitching in order to explore conceptual narratives regarding the connection between people, culture, clothing and identity. Feldman’s art practice of labor intensive handwork is her way of connecting to the textile traditions from cultures around the world.
She makes use of recycled materials that reflect the present-day material identity of North America. Her work has taken her around the globe, garnered numerous awards and has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally.
Feldman began her studies in 1990 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and later received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Canada. She went on to be awarded the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship which allowed her two years of independent research under the MFA program at Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan.
For over fifteen years now, Nika has worked as an independent artist, supporting herself and her work through a patchwork of scholarships, grant funding, teaching invitations, and temporary odd jobs. Today, Feldman can be found in Santa Fe, New Mexico furthering her education by pursuing a degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts.