My name is Niki and I am a junior at Hunter College High School. I grew up in New York. My mother is the director and curator of a contemporary art gallery in Manhattan and my father represents musicians and visual artists, so from a very young age, I have been constantly exposed to the works of different artists and I have been able to watch their works transform and grow over time. Seeing works develop is very important, as it is a reflection of the artist’s thoughts. I believe that art is a conversation between the artist and the audience. It is the audience who completes the thought process of the artist by bringing their own point of view to the work of art.
The arts, whether they are visual, musical, or performance, have always allowed me to experience my own type of escape from any routine day-to-day activities, and I enjoy watching my creativity flourish. I believe art is everywhere, and it can be seen if one has an open mind and an ability to discover beauty. I was drawn to the Whitney’s Youth Insights program because I want to further explore the arts and develop and improve my writing skills. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Youth Insights so far. I love being given the opportunity to meet and work with artists, create our own works with a variety of media, and write about artwork in the Whitney’s collection. I look forward to discovering what lies in store in the coming weeks.