Nikki Green international ketubah artist

Nikki Green

I draw on my cultural heritage to combine the spirit of the letter with the sense of sublime in my surrounding landscape. My work is both functional and ornamental, combining my private art  practise with teaching and community arts. My underlying philosophy in all that I do is to honour love, life and connection.

My work as a scribal artist started when I created a ketubah (marriage contract) as a meaningful gift for a very dear life-long friend, who married in India in 1995…little did I know at the time that this gift was to change my life direction.

Since then, I have lived and worked in Sydney and Melbourne, building my reputation as an artist specialising in Jewish Ceremonial Art. I have worked on both public and private commissions, specifically creating hand crafted marriage certificates, and artworks that celebrate the cycle of life.

I am a trained secondary school art teacher and feel strongly about the importance of creativity in education, developing programs to creatively engage young people in direct learning experiences, connecting to the land and one another.

I now live in Denmark, Western Australia. Surrounded by a wild, rugged coastline, ancient karri forests and pulsating rivers…I have found a calm serenity and inspiration here – a deep connection with the earth and my footprints upon it. I draw references from ancient Jewish art and artefacts as well as eastern style architecture and ornamentation.

The cross-over between the natural and built environment, the sacred geometry found in nature, is the intersection that feeds my work. My love for the Hebrew script and its organic shapes allows me to move towards a unique style – from traditional to contemporary; from the literal to the abstract.

Exhibitions

 

2016   Square (Albany Town Hall)

           Totem (Butter Factory Studios, Denmark WA)

           My Place + Your Place = a Better Place (Waverley Library, Sydney)

2015   In Print (Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany WA)

           HomeFront (Albany Town Hall, Albany WA)

2014   Letter Land Lore (Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne)

           Balijup Renewal (Butter Factory Studios, Denmark, WA)

2013   Let There Be Light (Bondi Pavillion, Sydney)

           Be Seated (Butter Factory Studios, Denmark, WA)

           Blossoming, Western Australia (Manhattan, NYC)

           Environmental Art Residency (Cold Spring, NY)

           East West (Butter Factory Studios, Denmark, WA)

2012   A4ART (Butter Factory Studios, Denmark, WA)

2009  Glyphs: Hidden and Forbidden (Southcoast Woodworks Gallery)

2008  Water Brave New Works #15 (Denmark Visitors Centre)

           Creative Women (Centre for Sustainable Living, Denmark)

2007  Landlines: Letter, Line and Form (Multi Faith Arts Festival)

2006  Love and Marriage (Kinross House, Melbourne)

2004  Inscribed (Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne)

           Hamsa (Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne)

2003  Between Darkness and Light (Carlisle Street shop windows)

2002  Reflection (Australian Galleries, Works on Paper,Sydney)

           Imagining The Body (National Art School, Sydney)

           New York Studio Show (National Art School, Sydney)

2001   Jewish Yarns (Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne)

           Waverley Art Show (Waverley Woollahra Art Centre)

           Selected Drawings from NAS (Mary Place Gallery, Sydney)

1999   Blessed Be The Work (Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne)

 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS 

 Central Synagogue, Sydney Twelve Tribes (glass panels)

 Masada Synagogue, Sydney Ten Commandments (Wood Carving)

Anka Property Development Metal Weaving (Sculpural wall relief)