Working within a multidisciplinary approach, including collage, painting, assemblage and sculpture, my intention through my practice is to reflect upon a sense of place that shapes memory traces into physical form, exposing the fragility of our constructed reality.
Through the obsessive reworking of discarded found imagery and consumable materials, the act of alignment and forging of new and unforeseen connections responds to elements of chance, creating a tension between process and outcome. Breaking down predisposed forms, functions and structures, the process of signification is explored through collage; disrupting narrative and questioning assumptions proposed by the signified. Utilising the tension between parameters–the edges between the inner realm and the projected outer world, I am continually searching for an ethereal quality that contradicts notions of concrete reality through the dissolution of boundaries. By drawing attention and awareness to fragmented moments of fast paced society, time is effectively slowed down, evoking a place of stillness and contemplation.
Nina Fraser (1984) b. St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelors of Art in Textile Art at Winchester College of Art, United Kingdom, in 2006. In 2015-2017, she attended the artist residency program at MArt, in Lisbon. Nina’s work is polarised by that of self-reflection and exterior exploration–creating collages, paintings and assemblage inspired by human interaction and relationship with the environment. She has been exhibiting her work internationally since 2014, including: Home, Espaço Cultural Mercês, Lisbon, Portugal (2021); TAXIS DERMA, Museum of Natural Science and History, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Qual Paisagem, Livraria Sá da Costa-Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Sublime, MUTE, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Big Village Small World, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland (2018); and Alienation, The Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA (2016).
Nina’s collages have been published in magazines and books, including Collage by Women, 50 Essential Contemporary Artists edited by Promopress, in 2019, and most recently Collage Care: Transforming Emotions & Life Experiences edited by Kanyer Art Collection, 2021. Nina’s work is represented in the public and private collections of The Doug and Laurie Kanyer Art Collection, Yakima, Washington, USA; Coleção Grupo IMPRESSA, Lisbon, Portugal; Casa das Artes de Tavira, Tavira, Portugal; Coleção Figueiredo Ribeiro, Abrantes, Portugal; Retroavangarda Gallery Collection, Warsaw, Poland; MUTE Art Platform and Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal amongst others. She lives and works in Portugal.