13 April - 7 May
Exhibition opening Friday 13 April 5.30-7pm.
A wall of saliva-dripping tongues and a yoga mat made of human hair might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of art, but emerging Blue Mountains artist Nina Grodahl is on a mission to put the abject front and centre.
“I want to provide a tactile experience in which the audience is shaken back into their body and into their present emotion,” says Nina. “My process involves exploring what I find jarring or confronting, and magnifying it to a scale where the only option is to experience it.”
“The title Yum/Yuk is my way of explaining what das unheimliche (the uncanny) means to me. The work both attracts and repels; you are disgusted but can’t look away. I hope that the audience will feel both pleased and unsettled when looking at my exhibition.”
“I have worked with the uncanny for some time in my art practice, stemming from my fascination with hair and its immediate repulsiveness as soon as it comes off the body. The abject came into my practice more recently and is now at the forefront of my mind after a recent residency in Berlin.”
“Originally I thought my fascination with this subject was intellectual, but the more I work with it, the more I realise it’s an unfurling of the personal; a way of processing old pain and trauma. My work is reminiscent of the human body, evoking skin folds, warmth, moisture and hair. This intention here is to be purposely uncomfortable, and in seeking out comfort from such an ambivalent place, allowing ourselves to tap into our own strength.”
Yum/Yuk is visceral, disgusting, beautiful exhibition, designed to provoke thought and reflection. You are invited to touch, feel, connect - and perhaps discover.