Naomi Middelmann Artist: Has 147.00 artworks for sale
Artist: Naomi Middelmann
Live in: Lausanne, Switzerland
Artworks for sale: 147.00
Naomi Middelmann Artist Bio:
To reclaim: 1) to restore to a previous natural state, 2) to rescue or salvage, 3) to take back, to repossess Naomi Middelmann’s work explores the question of identity, personal history and overall artistic conventions. When Middelmann was handed various elements from her personal history two years ago, she decided to transform these elements (over 200 of her own school textbooks, her diaries, letters, cards and pictures frames, string, and cloth), into sculptures and installations. Restoring them to their natural state of seeds, sticks and logs is an attempt to explore the question of identity, of reclaiming a childhood of displacement and lost identity, her own high level education, and the physical weight of a personal history which has made her what she is but does not define her. She then disassembled and reassembled her own canvasses and frames in an exploration again of identity, the relevancy of painting today and artistic conventions in a series of work called “painting deconstructred”. What interested her is what happens when the reverse side of the canvas is displayed or when the canvas remains raw and unprimed, when bits and pieces are reassembled. From there she returned to painting and drawing in a series called “migration” in order to question what happens when identity becomes displaced, and how one can reclaim an identity in a world of displacement. She enjoys playing with the ambiguity and disparity of perception between the figurative and abstract, what is painting and what is sculpture. With her interest in the ambiguity of our perceptions, she is actively collaborating and designing research projects with various leading neuroscientists at top universities in the USA, Germany and Switzerland. She has presented her process at galleries and museums as well as at acadmeic institutions. She will be presenting her work and process at the Brain Institute of Vanderbilt University, USA. Her artwork has been featured several times on the cover of Neuropsychologia and Trends in Neuroscience. Born in Switzerland, Middelmann moved to New York when she was 16. After earning a degree in Creative writing and International Relations from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, she worked in publishing in New York. She then moved back to Switzerland and studied first stained glass at the Ecole Supérieure de Création et de Vitrail in Monthey and then earned a visual art degree from the Visual Art School in Basel in 2009. She is a member of the Swiss Artist Association, VISARTE.