• In Short
  • Installation art
  • Spatial

Nikki van Es

‘companion and competitor’

Nikki van Es tries to get a grip on the phenomenon of nature. In Greenhouse for a human being from 1999 she composed our human body between the glass walls with dried leaves such as those of rhubarb, beet and nettle.


Her work arises through imagination and observation. She exposes plant structures as an attempt to understand the larger picture through microscopic detail. The work ultimately forms a combination of imagination and scientific observation.

In yet other works, she competes with nature in beauty and inventiveness. She tests nature’s resilience in paper, for example. In the long fiber of mulberry paper she cuts out drawings ‘to the bone’.
Nature is her companion and competitor.