Nicki Sucec: Ascension in the Gallery

Nicki Sucec, Wing (detail), stainless steel helicopter rotor blade, dimensions variable, © 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist

Nicki Sucec, Wing (detail), stainless steel helicopter rotor blade, dimensions variable, © 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist

Nicki Sucec, Wing (detail), stainless steel helicopter rotor blade, dimensions variable, © 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist
Nicki Sucec, Wing (detail), stainless steel helicopter rotor blade, dimensions variable, © 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist 

Gallery4Culture welcomes Nicki Sucec in Ascension, an installation of sound, video and sculpture, which through the metaphor of flight explores the ways in which humans (all of us, but especially the disenfranchised) attempt to recover from and move beyond life’s challenges. A large-scale stainless steel Wing sculpture, constructed of helicopter rotor blades, embodies the triumph of the human will over adversity.

Central to Ascension are four sculptural “portraits” based on personal interviews. Each interviewee (the subjects of the portraits) has endured extreme life circumstances. All of them have survived. Some have even flourished despite their challenges.

Using only rotor blades as portrait material, the artist has developed a visual language to capture and share some of who each individual is and the spirit with which they overcame their obstacles. Each portrait is accompanied by an abbreviated audio version of the artist’s interview with them.

The inspiration for Ascension came through Nicki Sucec’s experiences with homeless outreach, advocacy and personal relationships. Among other subjects, her recent work examines reasons for and the effects of stigmatization in American society. 

This exhibition was made possible through generous support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (CityArtist Project Grant), Artist Trust (Grant for Artists Projects), and 4Culture (Individual Artist Project Grant).

Nicki Sucec is a native of San Diego. She received her BA in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington.  Nicki currently lives and works in Seattle. She is a member of Public Address, a San Diego-basedartist collective. For more on Nicki Sucec and her work, visit her website.