My Opera House


4 Jul – 22 Sep 2019

Private View 9th July 6 – 10pm

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.” -Anais Nin

For the fourth NOW Art Commission, Kinska has made her imaginary world come true, mirroring what’s in her mind.

In this installation, created predominantly from ceramic, you will find a home, a girl coming out of a black hole, a crying sky, dice and a colourful floor. Nurses feature in this exhibition; nurses played a key role in Kinska’s recovery after a series of hip operations, influencing the content of the exhibition. The installation is dedicated to them.

A simple house like structure will be a key part of the exhibition and will sit amongst a garden of ceramic creations.


The House:

“The house represents Home. I left mine many years ago. So for me home and nostalgia always come together.
No matter where I go, I miss my home, even when I am here.
The word home for me is a feeling full of memories.
It means our childhood, our dreams, our shelter, our soul.
Home, is a place where we can be ourselves. Your home, your rules…

The closest place to home I have, is my studio. In my studio, I am a child again. I feel safe and I can be myself. When I open the door to my studio to people I notice a smile in their faces with shiny eyes. And that is what I envision with this installation.

My purpose is to make people feel imaginative. To bring them back to their childhood. Everything is possible when you find your inner child. In my world, the only rule, is to keep playing. This house, will be the Pain Killer house.”

Many of the ceramic characters Kinska is using in this installation are part of her creative vocabulary. Finally, she can gather and show all of them together as a whole concept and not just as mere products. Since she was a child, her shelter has been her imagination, creating parallel worlds, and living through her characters. In this installation you will be taken into an expedition where you will encounter a parallel, whimsical reality.

When she started pottery, her teacher showed her a cup and said: “This is not just a cup. THIS… is History. Archeologists will look at this cup in hundreds of years to study our period, our generation.” This is how she fell in love with clay. “Making is being a part of history, it is what makes us human. When I make something, I feel I am living the present.” -Kinska.

Kinska’s art is organic and instinctive. It is the result of introspection and personal insights into emotions and feelings. “My creative process is the process itself, as my art flows during the making. I inject vitality into my characters, that’s why people always feel related to them, because all the emotions we experience in life are similar.”

The two key themes in this exhibition are love and pain which are universal human experiences. This exhibition has been a cathartic experience exorcising the pain after Kinska’s excruciating operations. But more than that, the exhibition looks at recovery, healing, courage, play, learning, imagination, childhood, memories and unconditional love.

“When I feel pain, I transform it into an object, it is a way of letting it go. And the same happens when I feel love, but instead of letting it go, I share it.” Kinska

“NOW Gallery rejoices in this Kinska creation. For our summer Art Commission, we wanted an exhibition for all to enjoy and participate in, with a story that our audience can interpret in different ways. Kinska is a 3D storyteller who embellishes her surroundings with imaginary characters. She has pareidolic illusions, which is why her ceramics feature faces. We invite people to join us living in her imagination.

What is so inspirational about Kinska’s work is her commitment and bravery for sharing her story with us and letting us in to relate and experience. Through her past experiences, the concepts of love and pain are beautifully showcased in what she describes as ‘home’ and to be celebrated in what can so aptly be described as her ‘Opera House.’” Jemima Burrill, NOW Gallery Curator