Troy Nickle is an environmental artist currently living in Lethbridge, Alberta. His practice encompasses a variety of ideas and processes that stem from working in relation to the landscape and in tandem with nature. His site-specific artworks incorporate natural materials like wood, moss, mud, stone and vegetation to form assemblages that enhance one's experience of place. These works are then documented in photographs. He also collects a variety of materials from the landscpae to form installations in the gallery using vegetation, creating murals with mud, and sculptures from wood. Nickle grew up in the small town of Lundbreck in southern Alberta, and spends a lot of his time exploring the river valleys, mountains and foothills in his area, an activity that allows him to intimately connect with his surroundings and influence the work he makes.
Previously enrolled in the BFA Program at the University of Lethbridge, Troy has also studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and is a member of the Field Notes Collective in Lethbridge, AB. He has exhibited his work in galleries across Canada including the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, AB, Arnica Artist Run Centre in Kamloops, B.C, and The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, B.C and Gallery 1313 in Toronto, Ontario. He has created a temporary outdoor installation at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University, Illinois, US and exhibited work for their campus library’s Skylight Gallery.