Nana Wolke, "Arrival Room," 2020
Original digital creation using The Sims™ computer game, featuring original paintings by Nana Wolke
Nana Wolke (b. 1994, Ljubljana) received her BFA with honors at the Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana and completed her last year of study at Academy for Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana through a study exchange at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig (class of Prof. Michael Riedel). Her work has been featured internationally, including AMU Gallery, Prague, CZ (2016); 31. Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, SI (2016); 12 Star Gallery, London, GB (2016); G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, DE (2018); The Living Gallery Outpost, New York, NY (2018); and Kiribati National Museum and Cultural Centre, Tarawa, KI (2019), among others. In 2019, she had her first solo exhibition at Stekleni Atrij Gallery in Ljubljana, SI. She has been nominated for OHO Young Visual Arts Award (2018), Ljubljana, SI, and is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia’s Scholarship for promising young artists (2019). She is currently studying at Goldsmiths MFA in London.
They say, when summer comes, superstar villains move from underneath our beds to vacation in Dolly Parton’s Tennessee Mountain home replica. Like an uncomfortable existence of a spring child of Marilyn Manson and Mickey Mouse, a real man who turned fiction, and a fictional character crowned ultimate good’s poster child, my work lingers on the brittle line between plastic reality and authentic pretension - Disneyland and Hollywood, Pleasantville and the street you were born on, a fatal crash and a ride in a bumper car. As I take myself on the binge between these worlds melting into one another, I am interested in objects we live with as signs, carriers of norms and values, and building blocks of new fantasy microcosms, where the hangover of that summer night cannot be washed away with orange juice.