More about our November artist NINA TORR
Nina Torr (also known by her former pseudonym Andy Wyeth) was born in Johannesburg in 1987. She obtained her BFA from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 2010, and has since held three solo exhibitions. Now based in Pretoria, Torr teaches illustration in the city’s Open Window Institute, and creates artworks in the blurry overlap between fine art and illustration.
The subjects she depicts seem to exist in similarly indistinct territory – imaginary, internal landscapes are populated with otherworldly figures and what Torr describes as “sad animals putting on brave faces”. Parallel worlds seem to have “lost track of time” and collided awkwardly; the result is a disorienting but enthralling medley of Biblical, mythological and historical imagery –inspired by old woodcuts and encyclopaedias, illuminated manuscripts, and amateur natural history illustrations.
In contrast to her somewhat apprehensive subject matter, Torr’s technique is anything but. She works mostly in ink and gouache and demonstrates impressive, resolute line work that has developed over the thousands of pages of her sketchbooks. This sophisticated line rendering that characterises her work makes for a very rewarding translation to screen print.
Print info: Keep me there is a 7-colour silkscreen print on cotton-based paper (acid free & archival). Paper size: 560x760mm. Edition of 50. Price: R2800
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