India Nielsen

India Nielsen works across a wide variety of media. Rooted in painting, her work is primarily concerned with the dogmatic problem of language as a representational tool. Her paintings deconstruct and synthesise diverse rendered languages, vibrating together on different registers.

The synthesis taking place within these works is intended to make the viewer aware both of the produced ‘whole’, but also of the many elements that have gone into its construction. The product of this synthesis can is a Frankenstein’s monster: we see the whole human before us but can’t tear our eyes away from inspecting its various limbs, skin grafts and organ transplants. Each layered and grafted material is an entity in its own right, offering itself as a portal into its own history and identity. It’s a creature that is too complex and horrible to survive, and yet it does, defiant and proud.

India Nielsen (born in London, lives and works in London) recently graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, having completed a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art. Her first solo exhibition, ‘Seer Kin Lives’, took place at Jack Bell Gallery in London in 2016. She has been involved in group exhibitions at The Hockney Gallery, Arthill Gallery, Gallery 46, The Horse Hospital, Tripp Gallery, Matt’s Gallery, Limbo, The Peckham Experiment Building (London), Assembly House (Leeds) and I’m Labor Gallery (Tokyo). India was awarded The Villiers-David Bursary, Royal College of Art (2017) and The Steer/Orpen/Charles Heath Clarke Bursary, The Slade School of Fine Art (2016). India recently undertook an apprenticeship with the artist Ida Ekblad in Norway.