The first image in this gallery is notable. Nikia A., making her first appearance at MetArt, is seated on the edge of a bathtub. She is nude or seemingly so, but for a man’s dress shirt that has fallen from her shoulders leaving her breasts exposed. She’s looking at the camera with an expression that is very nearly neutral - it is not a bland expression though, there’s an intriguing depth, and room for interpretation.
If the set had continued in this thoughtful mode it might have been quite fine. However, this is only a tantalizing hint of what’s to follow. The inscrutable mood Nikia A. projects in that introductory image quickly gives way to a bold range of expressions and the set contains more than enough variety to keep the viewer guessing and thoroughly engaged. This girl has personality, to be sure, and photographer Rylsky does a wonderful job of capturing as many different elements of it as he possibly can.
By #007 Nikia reveals a subtly sly smile. And in #043 there’s an impish light in her eyes as she teasingly sticks out her tongue. #050 shows a young woman - the model is only 18 - in full, confident possession of her sensual allure. In #064, with water unexpectedly dripping on her face from the faucet there’s a vivid sense of play.
The shirt serves admirably, and there are several revealing back shots that are dramatically enhanced by it. The full nude compositions that follow - including several images where Nikia is partially immersed in clear bathwater, are pleasingly explicit. And when Nikia A. dons a plush, white, Turkish towel robe, it’s logical, consistent, and completely adorable - #115 and #117 are favorites from this section. A fine first effort for a promising and very “watchable” new model.