I am a Bidjara Woman living in Healesville. I am a mother of one, kinship carer of three. I am a daughter and a sister.
Most people would know of Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, which is in the middle of my Country.
I take my inspiration from my Grandmother Heather Williams (nee Prince)
Growing up we were always out in the environment foraging collecting and talking about the beauty and importance of respecting and nurturing the country around us. To this day I still enjoy going bush, I can feel the energy of my ancestors and am guided to different areas and items around me, to always look up into the foliage for habitats and down on the ground to check for scats and footprints.
I’m not always sure when directed to a piece what it will become, I just feel so connected to it that I’m unable to leave it behind. Other times animals’ faces and stories jump out at me and I know straight away what my work is going to be. Most of my stories are teaching stories based on morals that can be used for different situations or connect with different people on very different levels for many different personal reasons.
I love it when people connect with my sculptures or stories.
Nikki has collaborate with Pearley Jones to produce a documentary about her work and her connection to country. This is part of Pearley's third series about creative women, and focuses on Nikki's "contagious enthusiasm for life, family, history, the natural world and Indigenous culture." Click here to view their collaboration.