“The constant connection with the elements at their purest forms. The fluent feeling you get meanwhile seeing water drop and stone melt.
When art and craftsmanship are eternal allies united in the local car workshop, where Óli, a former fisherman, shared with me his knowledge of welding and gave birth to my twisted aluminum shapes in perfection.”
In her work, Lena Marie Emrich focuses on the marginal and the social – both topics that are key elements in her artistic practice. Car tuning races, abandoned airports, lapsed graffiti, meteorological phenomena – all these are cultural references that nourish her multidisciplinary practice. Emrich interweaves performance, documentation and sculpture and sheds light on the characteristics of these unique communities. She mixes scientific research findings with a kind of poetic form language, as well as examining objects and phenomena for their aesthetic and social relevance. Her works tell of the encounter between supposedly rigid everyday objects and human longings, and conserve them in a simple formal language. In 2020 she won the Toy Award presented by the Berlin Masters Foundation. For 2021/2022 she is awarded the Art Prize of the Kunstverein Hannover.
Photo credits – Anna Katrine Thuesen
Hannah Witner is a visual artist and designer originally from Charlotte, NC, USA, and currently based between New York City and North Carolina. She earned a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons School for Design in 2018.
Hannah Witner’s work spans from colorful, surrealist, and psychological oil paintings, whimsical drawings, and experimental & commercial design. Hannah is a multidisciplinary artist: at the heart of her work lies a passion for uncovering the hidden potential of materials, psychological processes, and strange figuration, which she undertakes in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation.
Her work combines humanoids with an expansive array of visual material with immense play of colors, beginning in consciousness and transience. Her work combines touches of reality with meta-fiction and comedy and reflects our disorder, dissociation, detachment, individualism, and weird minutia of humans. She pokes at the flawed and unexplainable through painting and illustration, expressing a disorderliness that is both humorous, dark, and amorphic.
At NES she hopes to make lots of drawings and studies on paper. Usually she works on large scale canvases, and the restriction to work on a smaller scale will be a great challenge. These drawings will be a continuation of the work she has been doing in New York and at the residency she attended just before arriving to NES in Lisbon, Portugal. It will hopefully start to open up a new avenue of regular practice of drawing and illustration in a more pronounced way in her practice. They will be mostly figurative, experimental, contemplative, surreal, whimsical, and sometimes nonsensical.