My name is Nína Óskarsdóttir and I am a visual artist from Reykjavík, Iceland.
I approach my work through a sculptural practice where I explore my relationship to material and objecthood by looking at all the things that have shaped me and the contradictions within them. By using materials and methods with different temporalities I create a juxtaposition within my practice that emphasises the complexity of the grey area of our human experience. These materials and methods include ceramics, embroidery, video, ready-mades and the realm of the cyber space. My work is critical at the same time as it is accepting of its own hypocrisy and contradiction, it seeks to attempt a balance that can never be reached.
I am particularly interested in challenging the perception of the viewer through the assembling of mundane objects along with abject creations of my own, provoking a sense of strangeness and familiarity at the same time. I question the understanding of our physical surroundings and I like to think of the space and environment around us as constantly intertwining dimensions of different perceptions, which can be material, immaterial or even transcending time. I like to think about how the combinec emotional and cognitive aspects of material-based artwork create a possibility for a visceral experience of the work.
Nína is also the co-founder and editor of the small publishing house Þrjár hendur along with Óskar Árni Óskarsson. Þrjár hendur’s focus is to create a dialogue between contemporary literature and visual arts by publishing works by writers and artists on an equal platform.