Tina Maria Nielsen focuses on the gaps and cracks of life, balancing between the virtually insignificant and the edge of symbolism. Throughout her artistic practice, she has worked with casts and imprints of everyday objects. The objects are cast in new materials: paraffin, wax, concrete, plaster, rubber, resin, aluminium, and black or polished bronze. In this process, what is fragile and temporary is transformed into something significantly heavier. Essentially, the translation from one material into another removes the cast object from everyday usage and perception and relocates it in a much more fluid state between image, process, and language.
Nielsen has transferred spaces and objects from one context to another, translated her studio and home to the exhibition space, and turned familiar objects inside out. The method employed is always apparent in the final work. The genesis of the work and process behind it are always laid bare in the finished work, which bear the signs of their own process through small tell-tale imperfections.
Whether Nielsen addresses the history of objects or specific places, whether found or created, Nielsen’s tightly choreographed and enigmatic installations activate the mechanisms of memory and amnesia to give tangible form to elusive echoes of the past.
Tina Maria Nielsen lives and works in Copenhagen.