Nikki Raitz

ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2021 Winter call for artists

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Winter call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Winter issue.

Artist Statement

These images embrace the idea of turning points, escape, and confinement, exploring conceptually ideas about the change in a woman’s place in modern society. These portals (paths) show points of departure: marrying the disturbance, leaving the box, or staying and learning to redefine it – each an option on its own.

The added element of shooting in gowns lent itself to a more female-driven message — one of strength in beauty, but also an added foil the movement in each pose. These women do not sit still and look pretty, rather they convey a message of action and choice, and in most images a dominance of their surroundings.

Portals (Passages) examines these ideals of the move toward existing out-of-bounds through conceptual means using these dramatically lit visuals as a means of communication.

About My Work

My works focus mainly on movement and drama. Motion and mystery are something that deeply inspires me, and this theme can be seen throughout most of my works today.

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