Nekisha Durrett (b. 1976, Washington DC; lives in Washington, DC) works with themes related to the ubiquity of popular media and storytelling. Her large-scale public art, installations, and drawings demonstrate her longtime interest in the graphic style of comics and advertising; the layered meanings that objects can hold; and the space where fantasy, imagination, and history can converge. Durrett’s work seeks to manifest presence through arresting imagery and/or scale while bringing to the fore figuration and language that is often underrepresented or overlooked in visual culture. Her most recent projects include a permanent installation on the glass-walled vestibule in the newly renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington and a wall mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida in collaboration with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas.
She will be joined in conversation by Camille Brown, the Phillips’s Curatorial Assistant.
The Conversations with Artists series provides an opportunity for the DC community and University of Maryland students to hear from leading and emerging artists in an informal setting.