Nikolett Balázs (b. 1990) creates artworks that redefine classic artistic techniques and rethink materials of our surroundings. Often originated from peripheral environments, she drags found objects and poor materials from their milieu, and elevates them to the status of an artwork through a process of recycling that questions their values and interpretation. The rusty wire bundle, industrial foam and waste wood integrate with the canvas, oil paint, and gypsum in one composition.
For Balázs, creating an artwork is a metamorphosis of texture and colour, an experiment of scale and tension, as well as the investigation of our philosophical, ordinary, social and personal relationship with the material. The artist folds, cuts, untwists, guts, sews, glues, forms, paints and constantly transforms the contexts of raw material. The playful, sensual, social and aesthetic aspects of fine art are essential elements of Balázs’ practice, balancing on the border of abstraction and figuration, her work conveys a sense of female sensitivity, sensuality and bodily experience.