Nina Rodin>2009> Uncomfortable truth about abstraction




Uncomfortable truth about abstraction

date > November 2009
media > collage and acrylic paint
size > 90 x 110 cm app.
status > commission


> Using printed images of abstract paintings from magazines, postcards and gallery invites as well as a painting by my 2-year old daughter. In my work, chairs stand in for people and the armchair represents a comfortable powerful somewhat conservative individual. My first encounter with this particular model was actually through a painting by Humphrey Ocean at the RA Summer Exhibition. This piece questions the apparent ease of abstract painting while celebrating the diversity of a fascinating art form. What is it that is so universally appealing about abstract painting and indeed the abstract qualities of any painting?

> Commissioned by The University of the Arts London as a leaving present for Stephen Barter.