Niksi Project

Started by Sarah Rockett, Tammi Brazee, and Peter Yumi, this collaborative installation uses African Nkisi Nkondi statues as a point of departure.  The Nkisi statues record actions and resolutions, and can act as a guardian or avenger of the community when activated by a spiritual specialist with insertions (often nails, pegs, or blades).  The idea of recording community involvement and manifesting change is the main inspiration taken from Nkisi.  By creating our own power figure installation, our community, its hopes and actions, are manifested via the insertion of individually made ritual objects.  The main structure of the installation, built from wood and cinderblocks, houses a mass of objects made by over 30 different artists.  Artists were asked to create a form(s) that is representative of their perspective communities.  In addition, artists submitted a single sentence describing the resolution, action, or manifestation that they want the object to affect in their community.  It is our hope that The Nkisi Project continues to grow, evolve, and travel as a means for manifesting and connecting many creative communities.



Sarah Rockett

Showing at Ice Cube Gallery as part of InGrained.
December 12-20, 2014
Opening reception:  December 12, 6-9 pm

Gallery hours:
Thursdays 12-5, Fridays 12-9, Saturdays 12-5
Ice Cube Gallery
3320 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205
Participating Artists


John BabcockRegina Benson

Tammi Brazee

Carol Browning

Lydia Brokaw

Jaime Carrejo

Amber Cobb

Patricia Coronel

Nick Croghan

Suzanne Faris

Ashley Frazier

Sara Goldenberg-WhiteLaura Grossett

Anne Hallam

Kendall Harper

Anna Hultin

Tressa Jones

Marius Lehene

D.B. Michelle

Laura Mongiovi

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

Dawn McFadden

Jennifer PettusVeronica Reeves

Kimberly Ritchie

Sarah Rockett

Stefani Rossi

Ajean Ryan

Doug Sink

Ashley Williams

Christy Wolfe

Peter Yumi