Nina Saunders:
After the Tempest

17. June 2000 to 6. August 2000

Nina Saunders : After the Tempest

Nina Saunders is born in Denmark, but has since 1975 lived, studied and worked in London. She has also had several works shown in the Saatchi Collection.

This exhibition, After the Tempest was the first where she was presented to a wider Danish audience. Nina Saunders continues and develops the dada tradition with her characteristic furniture sculptures. 

In Nina Saunders' transformed and deformed versions, well-known articles for everyday use are turned into objects that one can only relate to visually. As when the sofa in Never breaks in the middle and quite literally flows out onto the floor - the homelike faade, a flowery harmonious idyll, breaks down. The otherwise simple meaning of the object becomes uncertain, and the result is a double-sided mixture of absurdity and humour. 

In the middle of mundane reality, Nina Saunders draws the unreal out, and an almost surrealistic universe is the result. Besides the strange and fantastic hybrids between furniture and sculpture,After the Tempest also contained installations. 

For example Forever, a claustrophobic room, where an indoor swing has grown into the flower-patterned wallpaper. The swing swinged to the beat of an old pop song, while banging a hole in the wall. Or the work Priority Zone, where 9 parking meters all stood together singing about money and hard work. 

The title of the exhibition underlined the presence of a "before" in Nina Saunders' works. The condition which the objects were in before has gone through a dramatic transition. There was also a sense in which the storm referred to is the same as Shakespeare's Tempest. 

Prospero exposed drama and art as illusion, life as a dream, the world as a theatre. Nina Saunders used the line between illusion and reality to continually challenge our sense of being and existence. 

After the Tempest was arranged by Esbjerg Art Museum, which presented the exhibition in the early summer of the year 2000.