NILIA (born 1995, Norway, Larvik) is a figurative artist with a master´s degree from Bergen Academy of Art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and been shown in multiple publications with her exposing, often viewed as vulgar, art works.
Working across multiple mediums NILIA addresses topics having to do with traditional expectations to gender. With a fascination for materiality she plays with contrast in the different mediums touch. The work varies in size from embroidered panties to 2-meter-long silkscreen prints.
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The Bedside Lamp
The Bedside lamp is an ongoing project exploring womanhood, history and esthetic. It consists of a series of table lamps expressing tension around female sexuality and taboo. The table lamp has its origin in being a functional object and is strongly associated with the domestic environmenttraditionally reserved for women. But the lamp has a rocking position between a functional and a sculptural object, which also gives it a shifting position in the hierarchy of objects.
STUFF I BLAME YOU FOR / DICKS
HAND BUILT CERAMIC
Attached to the wall using golden screws, are a dozen dicks adorn in their natural ceramic “skin tone”. Only glazed with a transparent shine, giving it a wet and in some areas a milky look. Like the remains of cum, after a good jerk-off in its own toxic masculine glory.
Around its neck in a chain hangs a sign of its sin. The Stuff Toxic Masculine Culture Blames Others For.
The esthetic is feminine, with grandma's old lace and flowers from her favorite porcelain. It's Irony. In a way it might feel like mocking, but don´t be a fool. It's also a tribute to the Dick!
Mother, Motherhood & Letters to My Imaginary Child
HAND BUILT CERAMIC VASES
Mother, Motherhood & Letters to My Imaginary Child shows the presumption of motherhood and criticizes the expectation for women to be self-sacrificing. The three vases symbolizing three generations; a mother, a self-individual and a child, reveals vulnerability through written letters, a poem describing a relation to an absent mother and expresses a frustration with the pressure and expectations from a surrounding society.
The techniques used is stencil work, painting by hand, stamps, decal transfers and slab work.
AVIS $ POST
Avis $ Post are newspapers (two editions) written both as NILIA´s bachelor and master texts and independent art works. The papers consists of different columns and articles broadly addressing feminism and women in the art world as a continuum in it´s subjects.
NILIA´s writing style is colloquial and witty, and through the newspapers pages the reader encounters different columns such as "Letter from the editor", articles on women in art history, an extended interviews with the artist herself, sneak peeks into NILIA´s diary, cultural pages, generous book reviews, topical brain teasers and multitudes of references to great artists, all with an humorous undertone.
PEOPLE ALSO ASK
PEOPLE ALSO ASK
The motif of the work people also ask is taken from a google search and is the algorithmic suggestions that emerge based on other searches that have been done.
The work has been exhibited together with a plant, this adds an ironic touch and makes the work interactive as it encourages the audience to touch the plant.
people also ask has been shown at Salhus Tricotagefabrik, Bergen, Norway
EI BRA KVINNE SIVILISERER MANNEN
SILK SCREEN PRINT
The motif of the work Ei bra kvinne siviliserer mannen is taken from an Instagram comment the artist was tagged in. The comment was part of an Instagram discussion regarding whether women should feel free to masturbate or not. In the comment the censored man with clarity states that women are not doing themselves any good by imitating men on the scale of nastiness.
"Dere gjør dere selv bare en bjørnetjeneste ved å etterligne oss menn på hæslighetsskalaen!"
The title of this work is also a quote from the tagged comment.
THREAD, WOOL, BEADS, SEQUINS AND GLITTER
panties consists of panties decorated with thread, wool, beads, sequins and glitter which symbolizes menstrual blood. With this NILIA turns something that we are raised to disgust into something beautiful and aesthetic. The work has received strong criticism and been seen as offensive when exhibited.
panties has been shown in Bergen, Norway and in Vilnius, Lithuania.