woman looking into glass

Persephone's Reflection

Nicole Dextras, 2015, photograph, garment made from pomegranate peels, dates, fruit leather, bark and thorns, © 2015, courtesy of the artist

Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras is an environmental artist whose ephemeral works celebrate sustainability and highlight our essential connection to nature. She works with natural materials, such as ice and plants, and uses their ever-changing qualities to remind us that life, though fleeting, can be beautiful in all of its stages. In a series of works entitled “Botanical Wearables,” Dextras offers a creative vision of our relationship to the environment. She creates highly-detailed, couture garments from leaves, flowers, thorns and other plant materials, and uses them to tell stories of a sustainable existence. Dextras showcases the garments in public performances, narrative photographs and installations that decay over time, completing the cycle of life. These works are a poetic reminder of our earthly origins and inevitable mortality, and suggest an opportunity to leave a lighter trace as we pass through the world. In a series of illuminated, icebound sculptures, Dextras creates moments that are literally frozen in time. She encases vintage textiles and plant matter in large blocks of ice, capturing stories of the past in suspended animation. These ghostly sculptures serve as a warning that our connection to the natural world will melt away if we fail to contain our enthusiasm for consumption. Dextras also uses ice as a medium in a series of text-based landscape works. In these works, she constructs large-scale words out of ice and places them in a variety of environments. These larger-than-life text messages focus our attention on the difficult choices we face, and their disintegration before our eyes is a stark reminder of the consequences if we do not choose wisely.

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book with bookmark
brain
inkblot in the form of insect with wolf profiles in negative space
image of mountain with reflection in lake
fist that grows into a tree
woman in red costume with smoke

Encroaching Forest Fires

Nicole Dextras, 2016, photograph, mask made from pomegranate peels, orange peels, willow bark, roses, red corn, wooden fan, antique lace, anise seed, root, cloves, wooden beads, rudraksha seeds and mung beans, © 2016, courtesy of the artist

woman in flapper dress made from leaves and other plant materials

Maple Flapper Jumper

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, garment made from samsara (maple pods), wild lupines, laurel leaves and smoke bush, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

woman wearing dress with flower pots

Mobile Garden Dress

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, garment made from various plant materials, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

man in suit made from leaves and other plant materials

Eco-Man

Nicole Dextras, 2007, photograph, garment made from various plant materials, © 2007, courtesy of the artist

series of dresses made from plants

The Little Green Dress Projekt

Nicole Dextras, 2013, composite photograph, garments made from local plant materials, © 2013, courtesy of the artist

CONSUME spelled with ice letters with city in background

Consume (from the Signs of Change series)

Nicole Dextras, 2010, photograph, text made from ice and food coloring, © 2010, courtesy of the artist

vintage clothes frozen in blocks of ice

Pharos

Nicole Dextras, [year], [medium], © [year], courtesy of the artist

vintage dresses frozen in blocks of ice

IceShifts

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, ice and various fabrics and plant materials, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

vintage dress frozen in block of ice

Luna

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, installation made of plant materials, fabric, ice, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

vintage dress frozen in block of ice

Alectra

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, installation made of plant materials, fabric, ice, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

vintage dress frozen in block of ice

Maggie

Nicole Dextras, 2011, photograph, installation made of plant materials, fabric, ice, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

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