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Artist Crush: Nina Garner

July 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Mixed-media pieces by Nina Garner of Charleston, SC. Garner grew up in various parts of the US as well as Okinawa, Japan. Her Book series focuses a lot on materiality – both of the deconstructed books that give the series it’s name but also the bits of fabric, ribbon, dried flowers, etc. that offer glimpses of past lives. Above all Nina’s work is tender and poignant.

I have long been inspired by 19th century portrait photography, specifically the decorated photographs that served as mementos of loved ones, both living and dead. I try to create work that encompasses some of the same concepts as those mementos by turning a flat, one-dimensional photograph into a three-dimensional piece that will preserve my subjects forever, never to be forgotten.

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