Nina Archer

United Kingdom

Abstract Minimalist Contemporary Modernist
Abstract Minimalist Contemporary Modernist

Nina’s work has a broad association with landscape and is resonant with marks made by cultivation, ancient and modern. The recent work is very much about her observation of the landscape close to her, more specifically, what she sees from her studio or experiences on daily walks. As our boundaries began to close in last year, the landscape she has access to become ever more important and has become the one constant in this time. Nina works building up multiple layers with palette knife and then sanding, scoring and erasing to reveal or obscure a memory of something previous. She uses elements of what She sees, examining and absorbing parts of the landscape such as form, colour, texture and the changing weather patterns, simplifying shapes and creating tonal contrast, erasing and retrieving textural detail and paring down to simple abstraction. Through the application of multiple layers of gesso, charcoal, acrylic and graphite, there is always evidence of numerous adjustments and traces left behind. Nina is always aware of how important accident or the element of chance are, changing the direction of the work and often taking it down an unexpected route. The textural detail and colour is used as a contrast, to focus or balance the composition and although the textures and colours are broadly from the landscape they are not used in any representational way. She likes the idea that there are areas in the painting that may look flat from afar but when you examine them closely there is much more going on – the surface has been reworked and is often highly textured. Her training and background is in design and this has had a significant effect on her understanding of form, proportion and mark making and has been instrumental in the development of a graphic approach to the work.

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