Lost & Found | By Nina Gerada

Lost & Found | By Nina Gerada

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Ceramic and steel

H. 31 x w. 31 x d. 6 cm

 

From the collection: Nollini

Nollini work as both wall pieces and standing sculptures. Comprised of groups of carved ceramic bricks on a welded steel backing plate. Each individual brick measures 7x7cm and is 5cm high. Inspired by Giambattista Nolli’s city maps, Nollini are reminiscent of empty swimming pools and archaeological digs of ancient cities; they reference bricks, blueprints and typeset

printing blocks. The collection plays with scale, texture and pattern. It suggests movement through solid and void, positive and negative imprints and forgotten spaces.

Starting by making solid bricks, I paint them with contrasting white liquid clay, I draw into the surface and then carve each one, adding texture and patterns as I work into each piece.

 

About Nina Gerada

My art recalls memories of spaces, textures and historic artefacts. I search for balance and

imbalance, explore solid and void, create silhouettes and in-between spaces. At the core of

my work is a quest to understand identity. I continually draw from the nostalgia and

forgetfulness that comes from the ebb and flow of migrating.

Carved, cut, torn, weathered, a subtractive rather than additive process, echoing the

limestone spaces and rock pools of my childhood. I liken the scars of the landscape to those

of the body, motherhood and motherland. Temples are wombs, columns are injured spines.

Repetition frees the hands, puts the mind in a meditative state and allows the subconscious

to lead the process. Materials are given autonomy to reveal their essential qualities.

I work automatically, alternating between fast and playful to slow and precise. Playing with

control and the relinquishing of control to create opportunities for surprise. Surfaces are

embedded with an energy that speaks of risk and volatility.

The artworks have both power and humility – groups of small elements form collectives -

both held and beheld. Elements of lost languages are found and forgotten spaces explored.

 

 

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