Nancy Egol Nikkal Latest Exhibition a Nod to the Wizard of Oz

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Wizard of Oz Installation Celebrates Anniversary at Kansas Art Gallery and Expo

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Each collage includes fashion designer shoes embellished with red acrylic paint. One collage is titled “Dorothy is Still Waiting” and one is titled “Multiples.

Nancy Egol Nikkal’s current installation, on display at the Hays Art Center Gallery, Hays, KS, opened August 22. The installation, “There’s No Place Like Home,” is open to the public until October 4, 2014. This is in conjunction with the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media (SLMM) National Conference, which the facility will be hosting from October 1-5th.

A New York-based contemporary collage artist with a focus on abstract, geometric works on paper, canvas and panel, Nancy Egol Nikkal created “There’s No Place Like Home” as a contemporary spin on the American classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”

With the intentions of telling a layered, narrative story with a twist, the Nancy Egol Nikkal installation is centered on portrait collages of “edgy” females with attitude, the degree to which can be decided by the observer. And the common theme throughout the installation is the ruby red slippers which Dorothy made famous.

“Each collage portrait includes a tall, leggy high fashion model, constructed with photos from current issues of W and Vogue magazines. I shortened (cut) their legs so the entire figure would fit the size of the background paper…” said Nancy Egol Nikkal.

“Their proportions are off-kilter because their legs are shorter than their torsos. I put different parts together, juxtaposing model images. I layered eyes and mouths to change their faces. I was thinking about the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz movie and painted the background yellow in one collage...” Egol Nikkal continued. “I was thinking about how the wizard’s balloon lifted off without Dorothy and embellished the other collage background with tiny pasted drawings of air balloons. Each collage includes fashion designer shoes embellished with red acrylic paint...In my collages, [I'm trying to create the perception] Dorothy is still waiting to get home..."

The Hays Art Council website (http://www.haysartscouncil.org) says the exhibition celebrates the perception of “home” and speaks to the concepts of comfort and the importance of being centered.

About Nancy Egol Nikkal
Nancy Egol Nikkal is a contemporary collage artist focused on abstract, geometric paintings and works on paper, canvas and panel. With over 30 years’ experience, the New York contemporary artist also makes collage with magazine papers. In her compositions, she consistently demonstrates an appreciation for impressionism, abstract expressionism and, most of all, abstract geometric. Some of her works can be seen here: Metro (http://www.nikkal.com/galleries/collage), Grids (http://www.nikkal.com/grids), and Color Memory (http://www.nikkal.com/galleries/prints).

About SLMM
The Society of Layerists in Multi–Media (SLMM) is a national network for artists who express a holistic perspective in any style or medium. Layering is not a label for a specific technique, such as collage. It is a way to think about creating art as a synthesis of ideas from many sources: the sciences, philosophy, metaphysics, experience, and imagination. The layers in layered art are the references and meaning that the artist brings to the work rather than the materials used to create it. As a society, we are focused on the intentions of the artist.

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