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Nikki Hafter

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Alongside found objects Hafter chose embossed paper and latex as her media to explore material transformation and the ability of cast objects to communicate presence via absence. The main feature of each work is her playful way of discussing the question of functionality.


Relic, 2011, digital image using found keys


Key for Plato, for Kant, for Idris Khan, 2011, digital image using found keys


More or Less, 2011, embossed paper

The flat paper utensils mimic and carry the same presence as disposable cutlery but could never in their lack of rigidity and shape be used for the same purpose. Thus, even though Hafter’s cutlery does not function as a kitchen utensil, it does not exist completely without function.

Almost, 2011, latex

Hafter’s casts of found keys expand the uselessness of the original items. Out of their original context the keys were already futile, but changing their form has completely abolished their feature of potential functionality.


We Have No Time to Lose, 2011, broken watches

The watches’ basic function of being fastened still works even though they cannot tell time. Hafter saw this as an opportunity to transform these objects into the body of her artwork. In the context of this exhibition the watches also mimic natural growing as an inside version of the verdant ivy.





Nikki Hafter - CV

Nikki Hafter

159 Bois Moor Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1SS

01494 773311 / 07906 773780


[Term-time address: 28 Norwood Rd, Leeds, LS6 1DZ]



2009-2012 BA Fine Art, University of Leeds

2007-2008 Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College [Distinction]

2005-2007 A Levels: Fine Art [A], Photography [A], English Literature [A], Chesham High School


Group Exhibitions

Woolgather Art Prize 2011, 6th – 20th May 2011, 31 Bond Street, Leeds

I Am John Dogsfield, 24th-25th May 2011, 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

Home from Home [part of the 14th Leeds International Artist Book Fair], 11th- 18th May 2011, 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

SERIOUSLY:  a better disaster scenario, 24th May 2010, Project Space, 5-7 Lifton Place, University of Leeds

Foundation Summer Show, June 2008, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe


Work Experience

From March-April 2009 I volunteered at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil Nadu, India. I taught art at the Shanti Bhavan School to children from kindergarten up to sixth grade. 




All Work by Nikki Hafter