Nadia Naveau(Bruges, 1975)
Nadia Naveau’s body of work is the result of a complex entanglement of concepts, materials and processes. Nadia’s oeuvre is first and foremost a conceptual enquiry on the notion of sculpture; it is through her experimental practice that the artist pushes the limits and explores the possibilities of the medium. There is a coalescence of many sculptural traditions in her work, from baroque and modernist references to the inclusion of elements associated to popular culture. This is why her work feels strangely familiar with no clear lineage to draw upon but close enough to recognise a common ground. Her work is primarily concerned with the use and manipulation of certain materials such as plaster, clay or bronze in combination with other formal elements such as light and colour. Naveau’s work is mostly associative meaning she operates with a high degree of freedom in her approach to sculpture making. The results are intuitive, surprising and often humorous sculptures that while responding to its own conceptual and material logic they also have the force to engage with the beholder and the context.