NIKA KUPYROVA Roadkill, 2011 tile, fluorescent lights, found materials
I find the deep-rooted familiarity and strong narrative potential of found objects very appealing. Essential to my work is the ability of such objects to create an emotionally charged space, which allows the viewer to interpret it according to their unique experience.
Materials are always the starting point of my work; the resulting multi-layered, tactile pieces use the functions and sentiments of the original materials to create fictional objects, which are partly recognizable, although alarmingly undefined.
In my installation for the Mattress Factory I wanted to create a pure, clinical space: in the glowing white room the objects appear detached from their initial functions. They seem intimate although impersonal. Inside the space there seems to be a shift in perception and unexpected connections between the objects emerge intuitively. According to the rules of dream logic, these relationships appear authentic, but when watched too closely they disintegrate.
Nika Kupyrova was born 1985 in Kiev, Ukraine, and currently lives and works in Prague and Vienna. She received a degree in art from the Edinburgh College of Art. Her artistic practice focuses on mixed-media installation and photography, using re-assembled found materials to explore the quality of space as a habitat and a concept of ‘home.’ Her work has been exhibited as part of the 2nd Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. She has also exhibited widely throughout Europe.