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Online Artist Talk: Nadezda Nikolova
Wednesday, June 1, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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We are pleased to offer a virtual talk by exhibiting artist, Nadezda Nikolova, as she speaks about her new works created for the Elemental Forms exhibition on view in the CPA gallery May 14-June 19, 2022. Nadezda will share recent images and earlier work as well as describe her unique process. This talk is co-presented with HackelBury Fine Art in London. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear Nadezda Nikolova present her vision of the world!

Artist Statement
My work is informed by my interest in the photographic object and my connection to the natural world as I simultaneously grapple with the realities of the present moment. I work in the darkroom using the historic wet plate collodion process to create experimental camera-less works on metal. The immediacy, fluidity and materiality of the process allows me to explore photography’s relationship to painting and sculpture.

I invite process artifacts manually and photochemically by using paint brushes, spray bottles, and gravity to apply, pool, and spread chemistry; by floating paper over the sensitized emulsion to selectively block and introduce light; by employing cliché verre; and by manipulating exposure and processing duration, and chemical composition of the materials. This is the performative aspect of image-making where chance comes into play. Perhaps what draws me the most to handmade photography is the potential for experimentation and risk taking, which keeps my imagination continuously engaged.

Born in 1978 (present day Serbia), Nadezda Nikolova is a Croatian-Bulgarian-American photographic artist. She studied 19th century phototrophic printing processes at the University of Kentucky and the George Eastman Museum. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in policy analysis. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is based in Oakland, California and is represented by HackelBury Fine Art.

To see more of Nadezda’s work, please visit her website >

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