Photo By Howard Romero.
Nekisha Durrett's large scale public art, installations, and drawings result from 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.
Durrett currently lives and works in Washington, DC. She earned her BFA at The Cooper Union, New York and MFA from The University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Durrett has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, DC area to include the US Botanic Garden, West End Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Flashpoint and Hillyer Art Galleries, and Arlington Arts Center. Nationally, she has exhibited at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe AZ; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Fl; Rush and Corridor Galleries, New York. Durrett has been named one of 40 Under 40 Washingtonians to Watch by Washingtonian Magazine, received multiple project grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was recently an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She is currently in production on numerous projects including a wall mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida.