The approach of my collages has always been to give new life to the old and forgotten. I always find myself thinking about the forgotten coffee table books that have not been looked at in 5 years, dreaming of the possibilities they hold. Further more collaging, for me is also a reflection of what is published at a specific time. It’s obvious to say: The books i got in Belgium, while i was living there are different to the one’s here in SA. I like that my work is mirror to that along with my own experience. I like how the size of the page bring people closer for further inspection, how they are draw to the narrative they get from looking at my work. I like my pages to dictate my choices, it’s quite freeing to open myself up to the possibilities and to listen to what you are seeing. It’s quite a spontaneous process and the stories might come before i start cutting or after i have pasted. But, for me, the pages are boss and dyslexic brain is there to make the connections.
Nina Erasmus is a multifaceted Afrikaans artist. With her roots in dance and performance and acting, Erasmus is also a visual artist with focus on collage. For the last 4 years she has worked to push her medium and find more opportunities for group shows. Her last exhibition was for Rogue magazine in collaboration with August house (2021, February).
Erasmus is curious about the possible intersection of her performance and visual art.