‘Soft Bones ‘ by Niky Motekallem
Artist: Niky Motekallem
Title: ‘Soft Bones’
Medium: Gouache and pencil on paper
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 4.75″
Framing: Framed in vintage syroco frame – glass has been removed for photographs (frame size: 8.75″ x 6.75″)
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“Rabbits hold a very dear place in my heart. And somehow, when I paint them, they always seem so sad despite my affection for them. Perhaps it’s because they seem so fragile and soft and I wonder, how can they exist in a world that is so harsh? And yet, they are resilient, burrowing deep into the earth with their soft hands and bouncing away when they spot us.
The one that I have painted is curled up among some forget-me-not flowers. His eyes are heavy. And soon he will drift into sleep.” – Niky Motakallem
About the Artist:
Niky Motekallem is an Iranian-American artist that resides in Minnesota. Her work depicts flora and fauna in the cycle of decay and rebirth using vibrant colors and detailed lines as influenced by Persian motifs. When she isn’t making gallery work or freelance illustrations, she is taking hikes to identify the flora, rummaging through antique shops for a new find, figure skating, or concocting new decadent tea drinks (at least, she would be doing most of these things, if there wasn’t a pandemic).