Installation view, Glyphs by Nika Neelova, Element, 2019
Installation view, Glyphs by Nika Neelova, Element, 2019

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Born in Moscow (1987), currently lives and works in London.

Nika Neelova is inspired by a multidisciplinary research on the artefacts that compose the surrounding world and using pre-existing and imaginary stories, Neelova’s installations are often made out of architectural elements taken from everyday places. These elements, recognizable as well as not identifiable, are combined together by the artist in order to highlight their intrinsic attributes, regardless of their primary usage. Reducing entire structures to their core elements and enhancing the mutations of the materials involved, Neelova’s sculptures are focused on the changing process of the materials and the translation and comprehension of their aims. Moreover they unlock the elements from their predefined meaning by retracing their shaping process and altering their inner structures. Her artistic work, in its entirety, explores the fluidity of the matter over time, that swings between inorganic and organic, archaeological finds and futuristic debris of the proto-planet.

Using historical and soon to be alienated materials, Nike Neelova explores these aspects, crosses and goes beyond algebraic and tactile processes, in order to understand the existing complexity of today's world. Deep, sober and extremely elegant, Neelova’s sculptures are at the same time physical and meditative, heavy and thin.