18 x 26 cm | 7 x 10 in
Original mixed media painting in oil on board.
Original painting in oil, enamel and varnish on MDF board.
"Part of the Imagined Lands series, which focuses on what necessarily strikes as an idyllic place to an inhabitant. Is it how nature crowns it, with blooming thickets and foliage? A bustling community atmosphere or absolute stark desolation? And how do these elements play into the innate security of a land? This series also focused on the link between how the idea of a desirable place and the element of isolation throughout these locations come hand in hand - many getaways are romanticised for their lack of disturbance and their peaceful nature, reflecting on the universal desire for individuals to be able to escape the mundanity and stress of their own lives. This reflects on something deeper beyond the human condition, that spaces that function in regular society contribute to a burden and intensity that weighs on the mental well-being of the individual, causing them to seek out solitude."
Nina Goldsmiths work revolves around the sense of belonging. The lost landscapes of forgotten buildings and far away countryside allude to connections between people and place, of identifying with somewhere. The landscapes seem both visceral and universal, the use of texture reaches out and burnishes our senses. Vivid colours and dark shadows give a sense of depth, both physically and emotionally. There is an emotional charge within each piece in regards to the intimacy of recognising a place as somewhere full of memories - however banal. Perhaps this is why the graffiti on the wall in the ‘Searching and Finding’ study provokes a sense of, not only abandonment, but of being found again.