Tia Nichols

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts

by | May 6, 2019 | Undergraduate 2019

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald Eagles, or the millions of wild animals of the world weren’t the only species hunted for sport or commodity? Among the human race there are endangered species we often overlook. Society has normalized the dwindling population of chickens, various bird species, pigs, and cows for mass consumer culture. Instead of getting upset over this, choosing a plant-based lifestyle would suffice. However, the media desensitization to the dwindling population of black, brown, and yellow bodies for God knows what, will always leave pits of stomachs palpitant.

My imagery often combines the worlds of traditional art forms, animal abstraction, and portraiture of African Americans.

Instagram: moemoeproductions
E-mail: tmn7rc@virginia.edu