31 x 46 cm | 12 x 18 in
Original painting in oil, enamel and varnish on paper.
"The Ruinenlust series explores the space between the rich and expanding histories of abandoned ghost towns, cathedrals and cities and the spacial entities they represent today. Drawing into consideration the textural/architectural element, these paintings evoke the crumbling, deteriorating nature of these locations through layered, translucent strokes of paint and gritty application of acrylic paste. The series also looks at the shapes and elements these spaces take on both within and outside their historical context, exploring the abstraction of a space once pivotal signifiers of these locations are removed overtime."
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.