On April 20th, friends and I attended “Continuum”: an art exhibition showcasing the works of seven Fine Art students graduating from UBCO this year. We were welcomed with fine live music by Joshua Smith, a beautiful cheese platter and other goodies, and art everywhere we set our eyes.
I was lucky to receive an invite from Nadine, one of the artists displaying her work that evening. I fell in love with her “Unfocused” series (displayed above) and was amazed with her strong presentation skills. Not only did she show us beautiful paintings, she also set up an interactive projector that revealed a portrait photo which would gradually blur as we approached it. Taking the extra step and setting up this technology was a good idea, as the projector clearly harmonized with the theme of her exhibit and made it all the more memorable.
After “Continuum”, I read about Nadine’s work in UBCO’s newspaper. This made me love her work even more as her theme is explained more elaborately.
“Her final project “unfocused” delves into the themes of mental health and perception, where Nadine problematizes our looking relations.”
Nadine also reveals her inspiration.
“My influences came from ideas I collected when I first started my degree in psychology. I was interested a lot in mental health, and how ones internal environment [affects] their experience of the physical environment and the connections they are able to make to people and spaces.”
Reading the article helped me understand the behind-the-scenes of her work, seeing it with new appreciation.