100 Colorado Creatives: Nikki Pike

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Nikki Pike, "Aim," serigraph on newsprint, 2013, one of a series of seven portraits.
#9: Nikki Pike

Nikki Pike is a poster girl for the new artist: She doesn't do just one thing, she does it all -- from performance to sculpture to installation to multimedia and cross-disciplinary works to art as activism. The former instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and current RedLine resident also champions the idea of community-driven art, with the goal of creating sustainable solutions through artful collaboration, as evidenced by her participation in projects like the bARTer Collective and Boulder's Flood Project. And Pike's bubbling over with even more ideas, as you'll learn from her 100CC questionnaire.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Lynne Bruning

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The bARTer Collective, one of Nikki Pike's many artistic outlets.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

My instinct is to form a collective: Mother Theresa, Augusto Boal, Joseph Beuys, Agnes Denes, Michael Rakowitz, Andrea Zittel, David Sedaris, Che Guevara, Marina Abramovic, Wangari Maathai, Kalle Lasn, Imogen Heap, Alfredo Jaar, Ana Mendito, Björk.

A group like this could use art as a vehicle to cause serious change!

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Can we resurrect this person? Lately, I've been thinking about Emma Goldman. Her ideas, activism and humanitarianism could be extremely useful today. Plus, she has guts!

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Well, it takes a minute for ideas to hit a landlocked place like Denver, but I love our close-knit, collaborative community. I would love to see more Social Art, Service Art and Relief Art. What if post-modern art kicked through Denver's doors and took over? What can art do? And when I ask the question, I mean really, how can art contribute and cause change? I would like to see more projects causing change and building our community. What if artists led a charge where we all committed to volunteering two hours a week? I know, I know, we volunteer plenty already. What if this charge led to every citizen volunteering at least two hours a week? (Our children included, let's start early.) I think we would see a big change in our community.

I am concerned about the changing landscape of education. I worry about accessibility, cost and quality. I wish the trending approach could leave out the corporate model and pay attention to, say, Germany's approach? I have heard there are some exciting models popping up in Denver -- look for Moxie U.

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