Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Introducing Nina Rupena – Workshop Participant, Adelaide South Australia
'Vestige' ink, colour pencil and watercolour on old doily mounted on canvas-backed wallpaper,
46 x 51 cm, 2010.
As a result of personal experiences linked with dislocation (as a refugee of war located in Bosnia and Herzegovina), I am attempting to analyse and mediate this experience.
My artwork ‘Vestige’ attempts to examine the perception of ageing. In a visual sense, hands are a symbolic vehicle, representing wisdom and endurance where folds, wrinkles and scars narrate a story and represent personal histories.
I have an evolving history as an industrial designer, photographer, video and installation artist, working both within a fine arts context and my own cultural community developing work which explores memory and the nature of history and place.
I am collaborating with Patricia Wozniak and Lauryn Arnott. We come from diverse cultural backgrounds – Polish, Zimbabwean and Bosnian.
What we hoped to achieve with our collaboration is to enrich our art practises by openly exchanging ideas, techniques and materials. The opportunity to share personal histories and explore the complexities of exile was greatly rewarding. We enjoyed the synergy formed when creative minds are put together and exciting ideas for future projects came as a result of Borders Crossing project.
Text by Nina Rupena