I love Nina Sauders art work. The fantasy world that she creates make you feel in another dimension, where chairs melt and animals combine with them. “Nina Saunders’ best-known work is fashioned from discarded or second-hand armchairs, rendered dramatically dysfunctional by the addition of extra arms or huge spherical tumours. Some of them look like they are melting. Saunders has produced other striking pieces of ‘art upholstery’: panels for the windows of Jesus College, Cambridge, and a ten-foot diameter sphere. The pleated fake-leather vinyl she employs recalls Chesterfield sofas, World of Leather suites and tacky home mini-bars. She may have stripped domestic objects and materials of their comfort, but she hasn’t rendered them humourless. At her exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery a few years ago the effect of finding yourself surrounded by them was like being caught up amid a group of seriously drunk revellers.
…Although Saunders’ trademark upholstery was nowhere to be seen, other domestic elements were employed to produce a sensation of wary familiarity. Besides the carpet, the wallpaper was the same stuff that adorned our house for a few years at a time in the 1960s and ‘70s, before being replaced by a variation on the same theme. It wasn’t completely clear whether Saunders was parodying a certain kind of interior decor or being affectionately nostalgic about it. It’s the choice of singer that makes me presume the former: whereas Demis Roussos is pure baroque camp, Engelbert Humperdinck, all cabaret tan and porn star sideburns, is the complete nadir of naff. But having decided this, it wasn’t easy to sit back and be amused. While I could relate to the wallpaper, carpet and houseplant (and yes, we had Humperdinck records too), the rocking swing and the gash in the wall lent the nostalgia-fest an uncomfortable edge.” via: http://www.frieze.com/
I’m sure there is nothing like it anywhere! Nina makes an amazing job combining two very manual techniques in unique objects that can be found in many international art galleries. Check out all the projects of her in the website here.