Lebensbild (life portrait), 2018Ink on newsprint18 in x 24 in
In this life portrait, Nina visualizes her life using basic, technical, monochrome forms that when composed together are organic, expansive, and strong. Nina used a felt tip pen on newsprint, an inexpensive, unprecious material referencing her early career as a journalist.
The focal point of this piece is an open, inverted pyramid referencing femininity as a central theme. At the base of the pyramid is her family and community, nurtured by a complimentary upward pointed triangle, the home and man.
Just beyond her family and community, inside her inverted pyramid is Nina’s work: generative, interpersonal, and expressive. Diagonal arrows pointed forward and upward represent her spoken word, with great trajectory pointed to a paragraph block, the written word. The people in Nina’s life, represented soft bubbles, float throughout her life. They are amplified well beyond their direct interactions with her.
Nina’s life is inspired and motivated by travel and the arts. On the left, the digital map pin drops represent urban cities that have and are yet to be discovered by her. New places that challenge her beliefs and identity. On the right, are dancers— representing electronic music, physical arts, and exploration of the mind and physical body. Notice, through the piece Nina’s life is technical and yet among water, trees, open naturescapes. Nina’s life portrait has motion, richness, and a vibrant energy while maintaining a life that is calm and joyful.
…This drawing was created outdoors and shot on top of a hand block printed blanket using natural vegetable ink dyes, purchased from her parent’s homeland in Rajasthan, India.