Nina Klein - Mirrors Series
Uncommon Beauty Gallery
Born in 1987,
Nina Klein is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Santa Monica, CA. Klein creates minimal figurative drawings and sculptural, impasto, and abstract paintings that explore the human condition.
Utilizing a variety of materials to create her lines, shapes, and sculptural textures, including pen, pencil, digital drawing tools, oil paint, plaster, and metal wire, she displays her versatility by continually working with seemingly limitless forms of media. Through her work, Nina highlights and avocates feminity as an aim to create a shift in the social construct of the inferiority it holds against masculinity.
Klein sheds light on the fact that feminine design and taste are valued lower than masculine tastes and she seeks to disband this inequality.
Nina’s latest series “Mirrors” is a combination of figure paintings and large-scale painted wooden figures and abstract shapes.
Through the figures, she’s creating a new iconography of the female form. The female form has long been an object of voyeurism. A space in which people unconsciously project their views of sexuality and gender roles. The figures are a celebration of femininity and act like mirrors-reflecting the onlookers’ gender views back onto themselves. The refractive microspheres used on parts of her wooden figures symbolically allude to these mirrors.
She created anonymity in the faceless and incomplete bodies of the wooden figures so as to mark them as unmistakable icons of the feminine. Nina’s abstract shapes adhere to the same color relationships and media as her figures. The shapes offer a complimentary space for one to contemplate the idea of the self…