THE ARTIST DISHES THE DIRT BEHIND HER VIDEO SERIES ON DISPLAY IN THE STUDENT ART GALLERIES
Nina Lodico chats with the Union Weekly about her upcoming show in the Student Art Galleries. Her video series focusing on connectivity and emotion will be on display April 14-18. Stop by, admission is free.
UW: How does someone obtain a space in the gallery?
NL: Each semester you have to have a faculty member sign off on your show. then you have to meet with them several times throughout the semester to show them what you’re doing and they say what’s good with your show and what’s not working. Then the artist statement and final work must be approved, and if it’s not approved it can stop you from having a show in the following semesters.
UW: What is the focus of your show?
NL: When I first started this I was kind of curious about the connections between people and what happens when that connection stops and how one feels and obviously I’m a very feeling person so I’m really able to produce that in my work.
My first video is “Please Stay” and that’s the one that’s on my show card. It’s pretty much me saying please stay over and over again. And then there’s crying that happens. It’s my crying. Some of it’s real, some of it’s not but it sounds pretty damn real. And then there’s multiple tracks where after a while you don’t even know what you’re listening to because it’s too much. Then it fades into me saying, “Please stay, stay.”
Then I have another one that’s my breathing video. And that one’s actually quite more sexual and intimate.
My last one is me reciting this poem about as I take my last breath and it’s more about this separation between two people and that moment—I was picturing myself on a death bed to be honest, but I was alive…It’s really kind of strange.
So my video series is really about this connection between people. It’s super personal. I’m all here, so everybody who’s coming better be there and mentally prepare themselves to feel something. I really have two sides, what with this work being somewhat dark and super personal. That’s a whole other side that people don’t see. But it’s really to get over this feeling of feeling like crap…Not crap but now I’m at the point where I really want it to be over and I’m tired of feeling this way and constantly thinking about it.
UW: Is this the most work you’ve done for one piece or one series?
NL: Mentally, yes. But I had to apply to the BFA show and I made my zebra series out of that. I painted people as naked zebras and put them into places, so check on my website; it’s on there! I’ve done a group show before where I showed my zebra work but this is my first solo work where it’s just “This is Nina’s work,” so it’s like the most stressful thing I’ve ever had to do. It’s super intimidating. Throughout this whole time I don’t sleep properly anymore because of all these thoughts. It’s draining but it’s worth it because in the end I’m going to have a kickass show.