A mobile gallery and workspace in the middle of the desolate Finnish archipelago; a frame of a detached house standing still in the Australian countryside – Sandra Nyberg’s site-specific structures and installations create temporal interferences to our everyday surroundings. The artist is interested in unexpected public interventions, creating artworks which are integrated with their surroundings while exploring their local cultural, political, sociological and historical context. This approach can be seen in many of her works, such as Heritage (2013) and ECOntainer (2011).
In her practice Sandra Nyberg works with various mediums, lately proceeding increasingly from painting and drawing to site-specific installations and conceptual ideas. As of late, elements of design and architecture have also become an important part of her expression. Furthermore, Nyberg’s projects include the collective Elin&Keino, in collaboration with artist Heini Nieminen. Their practice focuses on environmental, communal and site-specific art works in a form of temporary interventions.
As can be seen in projects of Elin&Keino, Nyberg often works with themes related to modern human beings’ somewhat alienated and problematic relationship to nature and the natural. Exploring the contradiction between connection and disconnection with nature, as well as questions of ecology and sustainability play an essential role in Nyberg’s creative practice. Issues of urban ecology and the ways cultural and social attitudes effect our landscapes and cityscapes will be taken into observation also during her period in New York.
Sandra Nyberg was the first Finnish artist participating the Triangle Arts Association’s Residency located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, spending her 3-month residency period in New York in October-December 2014. Recently launched partnership between The Finnish Cultural Institute and Triangle Arts Association aims to benefit Finnish artists as well as the artist community at Triangle by creating an international network of professional artists. Furthermore, the collaboration funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto), will provide the artists with an apartment and workspace for a set period of time.
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