Nina paints – mostly with acrylic paint, and mainly figurative paintings on canvas. Sometimes she also makes sculptures from modeling clay. Her figures are usually yellow. The color yellow is a good compromise for her. “I want no one or everyone to feel addressed. I don't have a specific theme, but I would say I often paint everyday situations, in a way that’s abstracted or extremely exaggerated; a bit odd and you don't really know if it's meant to be serious, or ironic, or just open to interpretation – probably depending on how you see yourself in it.” She doesn't follow a particular concept, but finds the ideas for her motifs off the cuff.
Nina was born in Munich, grew up and studied here and moved from the Glockenbachviertel to the quieter district of Giesing last year after living there for ten years. “I love Munich. I've been here for so long, so I know a lot of people and I know where to go and where not to go. But I also kind of hate Munich because of all this ‘chichi’ stuff, the high rents and the lack of space for anything out of line.” Many people can't afford to live in the city, especially if you don't have a steady income.
At the beginning, Nina felt the pandemic brought some positive aspects with it. Society was able to take a breath, and Nina’s art wasn’t affected. “I was able to publish my art via Instagram and that actually worked quite well. The pandemic didn't really affect me at first. Later I did bring my art stuff home and it got a bit inconvenient in the long run. The longer it lasted, the more difficult it became.” At some point, she missed the exchange with her friends. “I've always lived in Munich, so I have quite a few friends here, but none of them do art. And that's good, because they have completely different problems and things that move them. That's what I missed in an exchange – talking about things other than the pandemic and painting. Or some cultural exchange like the theater. At some point it was just exhausting for my mind.”
Nina does not really consider herself part of the queer community in Munich. She does not want to make a big deal about her sexuality. “I'm not the type who has to put it out there.” Nevertheless, she tries to break down stereotypes in her motifsand question the traditional image of a heteronormative woman. Queer themes can be found in her art and so do other aspects of life. “Probably also because that’s something that’s on my mind and because we’d like society to change and become more open-minded. I myself feel it's a step forward in society when you don't really make a difference any more.”
Nina's desire is to paint – a lot. In the coming year, she is looking forward to her exhibitions in Madrid, London and Milan. “It's always kind of been my goal to evolve, step by step, but it happens automatically from one painting to my next.” Her goal is to have a bigger studio to paint even bigger paintings. “Other than that, I try to be comfortable with myself and thus keep creating new art.”