Nikau continued to develop her work, learning from artist model Bill Barminski , who was probably the most influential artist model in her project. This led Nikau to embrace space in her work, as well as to extensively explore surface texture. Bill Barminski paints on peeling wooden surfaces; Nikau began to paint over disassembled fast food packages, with the cardboard shapes and text upon them remaining visible through layers of paint. Much of the text on the packages contains lists of artificial ingredients; these words became integral to her compositions. Nikau smears paint over realistic figures, obscuring children’s eyes, as if to indicate that they are blind to the health risks that are linked to what they are eating.
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