Monday, 2 August 2010

Meeting the Artists: Nina Mankin

 Back in October 2006 I was showing some small linocuts at the Candid Arts Trust’s Contemporary Art and Design Fair. Among my usual pictures of telegraph poles, pylons and other industrial detritus was a tiny black and white print called Adolescent, depicting a girl gazing out into a black space thinking about… what? Difficult to say…

To my surprise, this little print proved to be quite popular. A certain Nina Mankin, artist extraordinaire and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, left a comment about my prints; we became friends and Adolescent now hangs in her living room. We have stayed in touch ever since, usually meeting up at gigs by her equally talented other half Moss who we hope will be playing at some point during the show...

Nina’s work taps into people’s dreams, frailties and secret inner lives, and like artists of the avant-garde (Ettore Colla, Kurt Schwitters) manages to conjure magic out of elements discarded or taken for granted by mainstream society. If you haven’t done so already you should all check out her beautiful website and get yourselves down to her current show at Livingstone Space in Hampstead, which is open until 7August. We visited the show on the weekend and there are a few pictures below:

Nina's work

We are very pleased to have Nina, with her infectious enthusiasm, on board with our project.

Chris Adams

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