Nadine Trushina

Residency: Aspirus 10

2 – 30 April 2014

When Nadine Trushina (Russia) was younger she dreamt about being a fine artist. She studied Russian Classical Art, making oil paintings, but later she realized that copying famous artist and painting still-lifes was of no interest to her and she wanted to use her drawing and painting skills, to create her own style. Her artistic dream progressed from that of being a traditional painter to being a contemporary artist, and she educated herself via the work of Rauschenberg, Warhol and Jeff Koons. This led to her entering Moscow State University of Printing Arts, where she studied various methods of printmaking: relief, intaglio and planographic, which later influenced her work.

Some time after that she moved to the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, and took the Graphic Design and Illustration course. There was a tiny screen printing studio, where she spent months experimenting, and fell in love with printmaking, which changed her life. From this point, she moved to the next level, and encountered many great teachers, who changed her attitude towards Contemporary Art. She started to formulate her work from the stand point that Art is a gesture, an idea and a dialogue with an audience.

Trushina’s influences are first and foremost everything she sees, feels and experiences. She draws inspiration from psychology, literature, news and social stories, as well as architecture, particularly Bauhaus and Constructivism. She looks to Henning Wagenbreth, Andy Warhol, Egon Shiele, Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Hiroshige, as her artistic ancestors.

In her work she reflects on the human perception of different stimuli. Her most challenging project to date was based around sound visualisation, and her final project in Art School was dedicated to lucid dreaming. For this project she produced a screen-printed book that reflect the perception of dreams in theses and pictures. Every time she makes a project she aims to bring something new to her approach, and to expand her knowledge of printmaking techniques. Her work tends to focus on psychology, and her projects often consists of multiple psychologically connected works.

During her residency at ArtFunkl, Trushina asked herself the following question:

Since now is a time when information is a common thing, and every person can find information in a blink of an eye, is this the information they are really looking for or is it an artful society manipulation?

She investigated the premise that there are too many sources and channels, shouting from everywhere, making it hard to concentrate on a true desired intelligence.

This is the Era of information noise. How can a person manage this data flow in the contemporary world?

Trushina has produced a series of work concerning the above questions. She felt that she needed to create something synonymous with cave drawings from the Mesolite period, but for the next generation. Her intent was to capture and visualize the way people perceive information today.