Local is lekker: featured artist Nicky Marais
Nicky is the queen of abstract art in Nam. Her paintings vibrate, shimmer, puzzle and evolve. I haven’t always found them easy to talk to, as they are very different to what usually rings my bell, yet when I take the time to look, breathe, receive; they tend to open up and flower most engagingly.
Nicky gives me hope when I despair at my anorexic creative life. ” When the kids left the house I took up where I left off and I’m having a blast!!” I sigh and she gives me a huge, cheering wink…
She’s a whirlwind of busyness, actively managing the local art college as HOD, supporting art associations, promoting young artists, opening exhibitions, as well as fiddling- in her words- with her masters degree. Where most people complain or resign themselves to insufferable circumstances, -and believe me Namibian circumstances could erode the most positive attitude-Nicky finds a way to make things happen. Her witty and wise humour never fails to uplift and inspire. In short, she’s everything an artist could possibly be!
“Local is lekker” is Namibian and South African slang for local is great, nice, tasty !:)
All artworks copyright Nicky Marais