Nika Neelova’s work explores the notion of hypothetical posthuman landscapes, evolving from references to geophilosophy, historical non-linearity, and a desire to imagine objects involved with processes beyond the register of the human. Often addressing themes of catastrophe and apocalyptic scenarios, the sculptures take form of ruins or dysfunctional replicas of daily objects. The pieces expose material processes involved in translating existing objects into other mediums, decoding and recoding them into a new existence, enacting the processes that were used to shape them in the first place, altering their internal structures and eliminating their purposes. Thereby liberating objects from their meaning, the works are often attempts to generate sculptural strategies that expose the minimal unit of a given object at its maximum state of expressivity. Stepping out of the human domain into a hypothetical posthuman existence, the deconstructed forms recreate a landscape in ruin – where architecture of a once occupied environment merges with its surrounding nature dissolving the boundaries between the two.
” Art is doubts, disputes, uncertainties, failures, statements, propositions, manifests, mistakes, issues, matters, subjects, conflicts, frictions, disagreements, ambitions, suspicions, hesitations, challenges, provocations, oppositions, abstractions, perceptions, traces. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.