Photo: Clelia Baumgartner
Nina Gospodin is a German multidisciplinary artist, podcaster and writer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria and studied at Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Italy. She also has a Master’s degree in process engineering, which she could partly complete at The Cooper Union in New York City. With a strong focus on painting, her body of work is characterized by her research on freedom and function in structures, identities and materials as well as the tools and procedures she creates for her explorations. In 2020, she was invited to participate in the first edition of The Artist Residency Project at School of Visual Arts in New York City and she is a member of the international artist collective I Found U.
Key to my artistic approach is that I often create tools, schemes and procedures, which step by step I alter, vary and break open in dealing with material. In this process, I am especially fascinated with creating and breaking rules to open up new forms of behavior and perspective.
I often spend time at the places I deal with in an artistic way. For the last two years, for instance, I have worked in Venice, Italy, on a series of water color paintings that show abstract impressions of angles and corners of the city. In this series, I applied perspective not to depict something, but to find new forms. From these new forms, I created shapes that served as boundaries on my large format water color painting series »Nuovi Angoli . Nuove Forme«.
At the moment, I am casting the shapes from my paintings in concrete as well as paper to create new constellations on an object level. I am interested in how materiality can affect us from the inside out of a body and how this is perceptible to us. We can for instance experience an object permeated with color pigments in a different way from a surface treated with color.