Photo By Howard Romero.
Bold, playful, and influenced by popular media, Nekisha Durrett's graphic drawings have filled rooms, scaled three stories on a high-rise, and adorned the brick walls of public spaces all while employing myriad commercial graphic and traditional production techniques. Digital printing on construction mesh, adhesive vinyl (the same kind used to wrap Nascar race cars), window film, die-cut acrylic and traditional painting are mediums Durrett uses to create striking, large-scale installations and exterior public art that seek to make the ordinary at once familiar, enchanting, and awe-inspiring.
Her work has been exhibited at: Hillyer ArtSpace and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC; Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA; Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Fl; Rush, Corridor, and Suzanne Randolph Galleries in New York, NY; and Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe AZ.
Durrett earned her B.F.A. at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, NY. A Horace H. Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she went on to earn a M.F.A in photography. In 2008, she was named one of 40 Under 40 Young Washingtonians to Watch by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2014, she was awarded a Public Art Building Communities Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and an Artist Fellowship Program Grant also in 2014 and 2016. In Summer 2016, Durrett completed a month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.