“nothing is a mistake”


Time-consuming, candy-hued, magical. That’s what comes to mind when I think of the work of this artist. Today I’m talking to LA based German artist Nike (pronounced Nee-ka) Schroeder… I have to add that because for years I thought her name was Nike… like, you know, Nike. It’s not. It’s Nike (Nee-ka). Ok, now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about her absolutely stunning work. Miles and miles of thread, porcelain, sometimes a bit of paint, and more thread. You can listen right up there, or subscribe on iTunes

First things first… one of my faves… this installation, titled 34°North 118°West :


Ah-mazing… and the photos don’t even close to do her work justice. I’ve seen them in person and they’re so so so beautiful. The way they move in the slightest of breezes… magical. Next, these pieces are from an older series, titled Fundamental Reports. This is what she was making when I first wrote about her work in 2012:


You can tell she reallllly wanted to start playing with that dangly thread! Speaking of which, this is the custom piece she made for interior designer/stylist Emily Henderson… here’s the installation of this colorful, ten foot beauty:


Ah! And there it is featured in Domino Magazine… not too shabby! I want to take full credit for this piece, because I introduced Emily to Nike’s work. Yep, this love affair started at The Fig House – a gorgeous event space in LA that Emily designed. She asked me to curate the art, and Nike was one of the ten artists I chose. Match. Maker. Just sayin’.

Next up, Nike’s latest show where she went back to some of her figurative work… this time with paint… porcelain, and of course, THREAD. This was shown with her primary gallery in LA, Walter Maciel Gallery:


So. Good. And now, brace yourself… Nike’s amazing, light-filled, downtown LA studio:


So. Much. Thread! And those windows {and of course, those great shoes}. Oh. Such beautiful work, and another episode that I loved. It never fails… in every single episode there is a moment when I get chills, and when Nike said “nothing is a mistake”  – that those layers and layers gives your work depth and wisdom because they have learned – yep I had a little shudder of excitement. Sigh. And with that, I will thanks to Nike for doing this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and as always thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next week.

Other links: Jack Fischer Gallery

comments (11)

  1. rossana taormina /// 04.02.2016 /// 1:12am

    Great work! I’d like to have a studio like this …

  2. the jealous curator /// 04.02.2016 /// 8:19am

    me too!

  3. Cecile /// 04.03.2016 /// 11:56am

    These interviews keep getting better! Very jealous of the studio too…

  4. Julie /// 04.04.2016 /// 12:01am

    Another winner!! Such cool art and a lovely person which makes it even better!
    Now hooked on Nike’s instagram feed!

  5. Barbara Kemp Cowlin /// 04.05.2016 /// 7:58am

    I’d love to be considered for Art for Your In Box. My website has a gallery section. Of interest to you would probably be the Water paintings, although I have other series I work on that might also be of interest.

    Thank you for taking a look.
    Barbara Kemp Cowlin

  6. Jenny Phillips /// 04.06.2016 /// 1:13pm

    Another fantastic interview and truly stunning work! Thank you. I can’t wait to see Nike’s work at Jack Fischer’s gallery this summer.

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  8. Rachel /// 10.25.2016 /// 4:29am

    Such beautifully inspirational work. Thanks for finding/sharing this artist.

  9. Cecelia Ivy Price /// 05.17.2018 /// 8:03am

    I’m a little disappointed this episode wasn’t titled “Low heels, potatoes, & beer”. But The ‘Nothing is a Mistake” is also nice.

    Wish I could do something like this with my paintings without being a copy cat.

  10. Angela /// 05.01.2020 /// 7:03am

    Do you know the work of Amanda McCavour? She is doing really cool work with thread and she is Canadian!

  11. the jealous curator /// 05.01.2020 /// 8:19am

    i do! i’ve written about her a couple of times, but it’s probably time for another one! thanks for the reminder 🙂

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