Nikyra earned a BA in Advertising and BFA in Fine Art before going on to obtain her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Idaho State University with an emphasis in Digital Media. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University teaching graphic design. When not teaching and creating art, she spends the day in her garden or relaxing with her dogs, Miah and Cricket.
Social media has become an integral component of everyday life. The younger generations have grown up in a world where aspects of various social media platforms have always existed. My artwork examines the effects social media is having on adolescents’ mental health and the negative environments children can be exposed to online without parental knowledge. I am showing this dynamic by calling out those who leave negative comments on other people’s social media posts. The comments that I have collected from platforms, such as Instagram, range from death threats to insulting a person based on their appearance. My objective in using these comments in my artwork is to give them a physical presence. Currently, I've expanded my interest in how people have responded to Covid and the current political climate through their online commentary and media headlines.