Nikole Hilgeman

United States

  • City, State: San Francisco, CA
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Age: 34


Women sow paddy in a field at Pawara, some 40 miles south of Allahabad, India.

Friday, July 11, 2008 1:53 PM

"Seeds are our mother," declares physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, founder of the revolutionary Indian seed-saving organization Navdanya. The organization's name translates as "nine crops." Its mission: To support local farmers and rescue and conserve crops that are being pushed into extinction. "Seed is the first link in the food chain," explains Shiva. "Saving seed is our duty, sharing seed is our culture."


Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:16 PM

In Greek mythology, Ino committed suicide by throwing herself into the sea. Instead of dying, she was transformed into a sea deity.

In the Norse variant, Ino was known as a firm ruler and a wanderer.

My Ino is Queen of the Earth, endlessly transforming herself while waiting for the war to be over.

Friday, August 28, 2009 8:29 AM

I collect objects that later become part of my art: wooden toys, feathers, corks, chopsticks, buttons, beads, hardware, car parts, wire, aluminum cans, a bird nest from a miniature pine forest in Kauai, seashells, and once, a skin shed from a six-foot long snake.

With Panel Series I created small tableau assemblages that speak to each other. I use driftwood to weave the pieces together and I add color to the bleached branches and fist-shaped knots even though doing it feels almost sacrilegious: the driftwood is intrinsically so beautiful.

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