Riley Niemack (b. 1994, Kansas) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Curious about the simple nature of our existence, her work tends to turn and twist the familiar, revealing a peculiar elevation of the everyday. Niemack’s most recent works use video performance, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking to highlight these intricacies. Over the past two years, her practice has grown to include arts advocacy. In all of her endeavors, Niemack seeks to connect with a wide audience, expanding outside the art community.
Niemack received a BFA in integrated studio arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2016. Her recent exhibitions include Mundane Wonder at Grove Gallery and Community Frames: Moving Image Gallery & Film Experiences at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Her art advocacy positions include – Project Manager of Plum Blossom Initiative’s Bridge Work Series, Studio Manager for artist Jason S. Yi, and Artist Assistant for Nirmal Raja.
I find myself curious about the simple nature of our existence. Intricacies of our humble lives tend to inform my interdisciplinary works that vary in medium depending on the content. I turn and twist familiar objects, rituals, places, revealing a peculiar elevation of the quotidian-whether it is creating impressions of my hair sheddings, ritualistically rusting a steel sculpture, or using chance and paint chips to inspire wall sculptures with a vignette of place and time. It is through the distillation, isolation, and creation of these works that make them and their content important and in turn, asks my viewer to interrogate their everyday oblivion.