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India Nielsen

MA work


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Painting, 2018

  • India Nielsen creates and exhibits work across a wide variety of media. Her works are primarily interested in the dogmatic problem of language as a representational tool. In our increasingly virtual world, the source of an image has become near impossible to trace. The entity of a thing, it would seem, now lies entirely in the language used to represent it. Once this language has been unpicked we discover that it is a straw man - a Frankenstein’s monster given vitality through the stitching together of dead flesh. Nielsen’s work stresses this issue. Her work exists in a kind of loop. She deconstructs language, digging behind it seemingly in a ritualised attempt to get to the underlying ‘thing,’ but finding nothing. In the process of unpicking and deconstructing visual languages, she then begins to stitch them together into a unified living form. Her paintings combine a variety of these rendered languages that come together to vibrate on different registers, but within a single unified body of the work. Through this process, Nielsen is effectively constructing her own mythologies. She is no longer trying to follow the chain of images back to their provenance in the ‘natural’ world but instead employing the formula of myth to construct her own world.

  • Degrees

  • BA, Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, 2016; Foundation, Fine Art, Central St. Martins, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Gift Shop, Exmouth Market pop up, London, 2018; More Life, The Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; The Pink Panther Show, Gallery 46, London, 2018; Crash Gods of the Unicurse II, The Horse Hospital, London, 2018; Mud, Tokyo and Swimming, Im Labor Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2017; Crash Gods of the Unicurse I, Limbo Limbo Limbo, London, 2017; Chain by 15, Nunhead pop up, London, 2017; Dik Piks, Assembly House, Leeds, 2017; WIP WIP WIP, The Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Slade Undergraduate Degree Show, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2016; The Cast of the Crystal Set: X Marks the Bokship, Matt's Gallery, London, 2016; Later with.... East Anglia Records + Collet TV, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2015; Peckham Experiment, The Peckham Experiment Building, London, 2015
  • Awards

  • The Villiers-David Award, 2017; The Steer/Orpen/Charles-Heath Clarke Award, 2016