Nikki Taylor: strong, aerial and poetic bodies
Nikki Taylor is a British figurative sculpture artist.
After a career as an account handler in advertising for ten years, she opened her own interior design business that then became specialised in kitchens and supplies. It is only in 1999 that she became a fully proclaimed sculptor. She studied at the Reigate School of Art in Surrey and has a BA (Hons) from the Wimbledon School of Art, studying under Allan Sly.
Passionate about the human body, Nikki Taylor uses wire mesh to sculpt male and female bodies. What appeals to her the most is movement, agility and strength. Her sculptures The Striker at Wembley, Free Spirit 2, Silk Trapeze Artist and Rhythm 3 all show athletic yet very aerial, well drawn out muscular bodies all at the the apogee of their act: running, jumping and dancing. They appear to be stopped in time. Nikki Taylor manages to intercept and recreate a specific moment of an action being accomplished, which gives her sculptures life and vivacity. The wire mesh, which is made of steel, a strong and solid material, also offers the impression of lightness and suppleness.
What is breath taking about Nikki Taylor’s sculptures is the energy and vigour they emanate as well as their softness and poetry.
– Claire Damary