Dallas artist Niki Dionne’s exhibit at the South Dallas Cultural Center showcases vibrant needle felted sculptures and murals portraying Black women in everyday settings, according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,
“Dallas artist Niki Dionne makes vibrant needle felted sculptures and murals that depict Black women in everyday life. Her exhibit at the South Dallas Cultural Center, titled “Actual Footage of Me,” is on view for its last week, but the artist said she’s hopeful to do many more under the same name in the future.
“If you walk through the gallery space, it’s really whimsical. You’ll see Black women doing mundane things, like sitting poolside. It’s not heavy, you know, but it still gives you the opportunity to kind of look at yourself in the work that’s on the wall,” she said.”
After joining Craft Yarn Council, artist Niki Dionne discovered needle felting as a medium to bring her art to life. Using this technique, she creates soft fabric-like sculptures by repeatedly stabbing loose wool, according to a Kera News article. They say,
“After graduating from college, Dionne began working at a nonprofit called Craft Yarn Council, where she learned how to work with a new medium. She said the techniques she learned, like needle felting, were a way to bring her art to life in a different way.
“Felting is basically taking loose wool, and you take a serrated needle, and you stab it repeatedly into like a backing of some sort,” she said. “It creates this really soft fabric and it’s almost like coloring with wool.”
Niki Dionne’s faceless sculptures allow viewers to see themselves in her work, promoting representation and connection. Her art brand, “Actual Footage of Me,” aims to capture the essence of Black women and their loved ones.