Sublime | Nina Fraser
MUTE Gallery & Contemporary Art Platform
Rua Cecilio de Sousa 20C, 1200-100 Lisboa
10 January 18:30 - 7 February, 2019
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 15:30 to 19:30
“I have gathered a posy of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is my own.”
– Michel de Montaigne
Collage, for me, is a method of negotiation in the modern world - taking into account the global nature of information, allowing the dissemination of a multitude of voices. By harvesting, fusing and re-constructing references from myriad sources, collage allows me to playfully expand from the two dimensional plane to three dimensional sculpture, using the unpredictability of the process to unearth new connections.
The work in Sublime presents and explores, through a variety of references including allegory and myth, our relationship with landscape, desire, and the quest for elevation out of our present circumstances through acquisition of commodities and experiences. Employing found materials culled from the local urban environment, the work plays strongly off the notion of chance, carrying traces of significance in its source, whilst questioning perceived value of ownership and appropriation of another's creative property.
With an awareness of the nowness of the media, the intention of Sublime is, through the visual language of cut and paste, to allow the past to intrude on the present, resulting in a contemporary explosion of a modern fragmented reality, one that perpetually drives us forward only to return to the ever present moralistic dilemmas that have shaped us before.