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Exhibition: Nadezda Nikolova
Elemental Forms
Exhibition on view: May 14 – June 19, 2022
Virtual Artist Talk: June 1, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Click here for the recent Lenscratch interview with Nadezda.

CPA is proud to present a solo exhibition by the renowned artist, Nadezda Nikolova. We will be featuring 40 of her new works, all unique collodion plates. This exhibition is produced in conjunction with her gallery, HackelBury Fine Art in London.

Nadezda Nikolova is a photographic artist whose work is informed by her interest in the photographic object and her connection to the natural world. She works in the darkroom using the historic wet plate collodion process creating experimental camera-less works on metal. The immediacy, fluidity, and materiality of the process allows her to explore photography’s relationship to painting, collage, graphic arts, and sculpture.

Her recent work investigates how observing Nature informs contemplation, perception, and identity, while reflecting on environmental concerns. The series is anchored in a deep connection to the landscape, fascination with the photo-based object, and daily walks in the redwood forest overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Rather than transcribing the observed landscape, she seeks to record intuitive responses that speak to the felt and ineffable experience of being present in the landscape. Her pared down visual vocabulary created with light, photo chemistry, cut paper, paint brushes, and cliché verre, arises from the immediacy of the photogram as she explores the boundaries of the photographic medium. Disorienting compositions, evidence of the hand, and process artifacts serve to undermine illusionistic references to physical locales while gesturing toward the hidden, the immaterial, the unphotographable.

Nikolova 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 and is in numerous private collections. She is based in Oakland, California and represented by HackelBury Fine Art, London.

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


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