recycled plastic bottles, wire
16 x 16 inches
Discarded and found objects are my starting point. I reclaim these materials to create my sculpture, especially the brightly colored plastic bottles I find walking my dog, left in curbside recycling.
I can’t resist collecting them and usually go late at night so I don’t draw attention to myself. I dissect these bottles, often cutting the plastic with scissors and leaving the edges jagged, fastening them together with wire. The ease of assembly enables spontaneity and lends a playful quality to the work, with some shapes organic and others flat. The sculptures hang from the ceiling with fishing line—light and buoyant, they gently sway as viewers pass by.
I seek to draw the viewer’s attention back to these discards—to take a moment to notice how wonderful they are. By bringing attention to those materials I also hope to suggest a humorous approach to the futility of mass consumption of material resources in contemporary life.
Niki Lederer was born in London, Ontario and raised in Vancouver. She received her BFA from the University of Victoria and her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Her artwork has been shown at many venues including the 1285 Ave of the Americas Gallery, ILLE Arts, White Columns, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Gallery Aferro, and the Internationale Sonderausstellung, Künstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, (Germany).
Solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada), Rogue Gallery and Open Space in Victoria, B.C. as well as Washington Square Windows, NYU. Niki’s work has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times, among others. Most recently her sculpture was published in Die Verschränkung von Kunst und Nachhaltigkeit, (Wabl, Ans), as one of five featured artists exploring art and sustainability.
Last summer Niki was awarded a merit-based scholarship at Urban Glass and was selected to participate in the Kingston Sculpture Biennial. Most recently she is exhibiting sculpture in the 9th Annual Governors Island Art Fair as well as the Outdoor Sculpture Biennial at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Niki currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.