Fascination with the past, emotional unrest and self discovery trigger a ritual-like process that begins my artistic vision. I commit to this exploration of self, transforming instinctive awareness into a performance by dressing up for the part and giving myself over to the creative process. I take a series of photographs, watching as my face transforms, illuminating my perceived mental and physical vulnerabilities. Additionally, I look through my inventory of photos and sift through the captured moments, collected vintage photography and old family photos. I collage different aspects of these photos, forming a story that makes sense or speaks to me.
My paintings capture a moment removed from time, only referencing its passing by the layers that build up to reveal a history. Just like people contain many layers, my paintings are constructed gradually, layer by layer, using acrylic paint, pencils and markers until the vision comes into focus. My goal in this act is to celebrate this history, or collection of events, by attaining a dense and complex surface. The use of color, texture and light conveys emotions. I’m drawn to creating tension between what appears on the outside versus the turmoil that rages within. Rather than trying to explain a moment I show it by capturing the most revealing part.
Niki Croom is a mixed media painter. Croom committed to an art career when she was accepted to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, a public residential high school in Greenville, South Carolina. Croom then attended the Fine Arts program at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. During this time she completed a mural titled Sufferer’s Fate in Alfred, New York. Croom graduated from Alfred University with the solo show Self Reflections, Turner Gallery, Alfred, New York in December 2019. Since graduating Croom has pursued her artistic career, continuing to create paintings, pottery and work on commissions. Croom created several stop motion animation music videos, one of which is titled No Regrets, in addition to creating a custom album cover All Night for the band Zug based in Nashville, Tennessee. Croom has given artist interviews for NPR Colorado Public Radio and the blog Heybaebae. Croom has showed work in Bad Town Virtual Gallery based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 2021 and Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, South Carolina in January 2021. Croom is showing in the upcoming 2021 Artfields show in Lake City, South Carolina.