Symbiotic Tendencies

by - September 29, 2015

Memphis College of Art presents Symbiotic Tendencies, an exhibition of sculptural collage works by Nikkila Carroll, on view Oct. 9–Nov. 14 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9 from 6–8 p.m.
Symbiotic Tendencies explores the ambivalent relationship between humanity and nature, two groups that are both intimate and adversarial at the same time. “The exhibition examines how this uneasy alliance can be painful, sometimes unsettling, but also transcendent and revelatory,” Carroll said. Combining untamed natural organisms with decontextualized parts of the human form, Carroll casts and sculpts each work by hand to create what she describes as illusory new beasts. “Born of perfect symbiosis and total unattainability, these creatures delight with their novel wholeness, while simultaneously unnerving the viewer with their alien inscrutability.”   
A native Memphian, Carroll earned her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2011. She continues to live and work in Memphis, working as a representative for the Art Center and maintaining a studio practice. Three years ago, Carroll launched Babycreep, an extensive line of ceramic and mixed media jewelry, and miniature art objects. Notable art projects outside of Memphis include sculpting a suite room in ICEHOTEL, a recurring public art project that has taken place in Sweden each year since 1989. 
Gallery hours for Symbiotic Tendencies are Monday–Friday8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.Saturday9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sundaynoon–4 p.m. MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

Photo: Nikkila Carroll, “Word of Mouth”, 4.5” x 2.5”, porcelain, 2015

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