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  • LANDLINES AT CX SILVER GALLERY | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... LANDLINES Performance by Nina Isabelle & Jennifer Zackin at CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro, VT. August 26, 2018 An interactive type of immersion-therapy, Landlines invites viewers & participants to make their own meaning out of actions and gestures happening within a sea of dissonance. How do we cultivate the cultural phenomena of communication while agendas of power and dominance try to hijack our semiotic proclivity with fake news and ad campaigns designed to entrench us in divisive notions of entitlement and correctness? When lines of communication become connected to fear, anger, and resentment, how do we clear and reground them to empathy and grace? ​

  • TEN THOUSAND OBJECTIVES | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... TEN THOUSAND OBJECTIVES Out of gallery I was interested in trying to figure out how the body knows what it knows — specifically, the somatic experience of tangible material, the cognitive experience of intangible concepts, and the interplay between these four variables. I was also interested in how repetition seems to create the potential to sidestep consciousness, and I wanted to experiment with that notion to see if I could access different modes of perception or ways of knowing by engaging in a repetitive action for an extended length of time. In setting up the framework for this performance, I mapped out and identified all the parameters that I was able to. I decided on the timeframe and squared off the surface area of my work space. This gave me a way to control the tangible aspects of the performance. By laying out this semi-structured plan, I hoped to create a situation where intangibles and surprises could occur. Starting in the middle of an eighteen foot square of floor space, I set out to make one thousand pinch pots within a span of four hours. I imagined the pots would fill the entire work space and somehow be equally distributed. I counted the pots as I went along and kept track of them in ten groups of ten — something I realized was necessary as I went along and realized would be the only way for me to know when I was done. I was surprised to find that, at the end of the four hours, and down to within a few minutes, I had made the exact amount I set out to make. While I was working, the span of four hours seemed to shrink down to about the feeling of twenty minutes. These are the types of perceptive phenomena I’m interested in working with and demonstrating. How did these things happen so exactly with such little planning? How and why does time seem to stretch or contract depending on levels of engagement, intention, and focus? ​ Things can be objects or subjects. While objects are tangible things abstracted from the particularness of subjects, subjects are the intangible concepts or notions we extract from objects. How do we process the intangible sense data we extract from encountering objects made of particles in the physical dimension and what do we call this process? What are the internal mechanisms we use to govern how we locate and position our physical selves in relation to objects in space? ​ For this project, I constructed and deconstructed a batch of 10,000 intangible and tangible subjects and objects as a way to set both their physical and nonmaterial aspects free. Through forming a set of 1,000 physical objects made of clay with my hands, the conceptual intangibleness of their essence was simultaneously set free and bound as it transformed into material form. Conversely, intangible concepts were released from physicality through the gestural motions accompanied by the transmutation of 9,000 subjects into nonmaterial objects. Equinox: EMERGENCY OF JOY - 10,000 THINGS SET FREE ​ Seventy one artists from around the world work together remotely and simultaneously over the spring Equinox. Organized by Chelsea Burton, Rae Diamond, Erik Ehn, Brenda Hutchinson, Suki O’Kane, “Ten thousand is rooted in the Buddhist concept of the ten thousand dharmas – an image for all observable reality." ​ MARCH 19, 2020 11:49 PM EST - MARCH 20, 2020 1:49 AM EST (Equinox at 11:49 PM EST) ​

  • ILLUMINATING INTANGIBLES | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ILLUMINATING INTANGIBLES Performance by Nina Isabelle & Amelia Iaia at Para\\el Performance Space in Brooklyn, NY on March 23, 2019 Out of gallery English fails at describing the location of abstractions in relation to the human body. Identifying such things is challenging and understanding our proximities to both physical and abstract structures or concepts is a murky smudge in our perceptive fields and abilities. Recognizing how perceptions transition from one "place" to another requires a deep inquiry into the question of how we arrive at sensing or knowing. Prepositions are words that describe the location of things in relation to other things. The English language has more than a million words to describe subjects and objects yet only 150 prepositions. Prepositions are useful for describing the location of physical objects yet fail when put up against or in combination with abstract subjects. Amelia and I generated a random list of prepositions paired with abstract nouns and verbs and came up with one-hundred-and-fifty phrases that we used to produce an audio arrangement. We constructed interactive objects of materials consisting of various textures, densities, and transparency for our performance. We came up with a set of gestures that we felt illustrated the concept as a way to illuminate the intangibleness of our language and perception situation.

  • LINDA MARY MONTANO INTERVIEW | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... NINA ISABELLE INTERVIEWED BY LINDA MARY MONTANO 2020 transcribed by Brian McCorkle L: We ask the angels to inspire us. So Nina, um, tell me the story of you and Sylvia and her illness. ​ N: Well she had never been sick, really. Never really been to the doctor or, I mean she'd had like a cold or a couple of fevers in her lifetime, she's 9 now. So I usually, when she would get a fever in the past, I would just, wait it out. We never really went to doctors - I would of course if it was an emergency but we never had to. In this case she had a fever on Monday morning so she stayed home from school and - I just kept taking her temperature that day and thinking that she would probably just have a regular fever and it would just be a couple of days and she would be back in school. By that night her fever was getting higher it was like 103 and 104, and the next day, at the end of the second day, her fever was 105. So I brought her to the emergency room in Kingston and they took her temperature in the waiting room and it was 105. And, they gave her some Tylenol and Motrin, which i'd been giving her at home also. When the doctor came to see her at the emergency room her fever had come down to about 102.7 - and they tested her for strep and the viruses by doing nose and throat swabs - and they sent those to the machine in the lab to determine if she had strep or any viruses - and those came back negative and they listened to her lungs and they couldn't hear anything. And they sent us home saying that she had another virus that their machine just couldn't detect and to just continue treating her with Tylenol and Motrin or Ibuprofen. I had the feeling that something was wrong and that they were missing something and I wasn't in the right mindframe to say so or speak up - it was like every time I went to form my thoughts and say something to the doctor it was like he was talking and I just couldn't figure out what I needed to say or wanted to say - it was like I had a feeling something was wrong but - I think I thought I said that having a 105 fever was pretty high for a virus. And he said "Oh, no it wasn't 105" And I was just thinking, well it just was in the waiting room with the nurses, but he was saying it wasn't. It was this weird feeling of believing him because he was a doctor but knowing that he was wrong when he said that she didn't have a fever of 105 with such authority. So, when we left I was really irritated by that whole experience. The next morning she was still not better, she was - I would look at her and she would kind of look like she was blue, and I would look again and she didn't look blue. So, there was again this feeling of, did I, am I correct in that? It was this continual process of checking in with my perceptions and not really knowing what was real, but also being a person that has experienced a lot of things that have caused me to learn to trust myself. So it was like a whole other level of that way of being. So I took her to the pediatrician that afternoon, and he, by that time she had a rash on her body and her mouth looked weird and she had been throwing up all day, not able to keep any fluid down. And he tested her again for strep and his machine said that she tested positive for strep and he said it looked like she had scarlet fever because she had a rash all over herself. And her tongue was white. So he gave her some Amoxycillin to take, and I thought "Oh, well, good, so it was something" - I knew it was something - I was feeling hopeful that this would - that she would take these antibiotics and he said they would work really quickly and that she would turn around really quickly and that scarlet fever isn't really as big of a scary deal as it sounds, and that it responds quickly to the antibiotics and she should feel better the next morning. So she still wasn't able to keep any fluid down, she was looking blue and green and really pale and really lethargic - her breathing was starting to be really rapid, and it seemed as if she in pain. She kept saying she had pain in her lung, I didn't know it was her lung then, I thought it was her stomach, where she was indicating. So, we got home and I tried to give her the antibiotic and she just threw it up, so I called the doctor and asked how long does it need to stay in her stomach until it had gotten into her system and they said "Oh it should be fine, just give her another one in the morning." So I was just sort of getting her ready to go to sleep and in the morning we would get up and she would be better, or at least starting to be better. But I had this feeling, like maybe I should take her into the hospital again because something just didn't seem right. So I kept going back and forth with that thought, "just wait until morning she'll be better" and "no you should take her in again." But then also we've already been to two doctors and they'd sent us home and it just seemed ridiculous to go to a third emergency room after hours. And I didn't want to go back to the Kingston Hospital because they already missed the fact that she had strep and sent us home and said she had nothing wrong with her. ​ I was really on the fence about going back to the hospital - I just felt like they were going to say "oh nothing's wrong - go home and wait it out" - but I think this is the scariest part of it is that I almost didn't go to the hospital. I decided to go to Poughkeepsie, which is a half an hour drive, but I knew it was a better hospital, and by the time we got there there was all kinds of Christmas traffic because it was night, it was December 16th or 17th. She wasn't able to walk or move, and she had turned blue, we pulled into the parking lot - I didn't know if I should call 911 but I was in the hospital parking lot so I just hoisted her onto my back and fireman carried her from the parking garage to the hospital. It was dark and windy and everything was vacant, it seemed like there were no street lamps. It just seemed really like, time slowed down, like I was carrying this near-lifeless child through this parking lot towards this light of the entrance of the hospital. And I went in the front entrance and they said "This isn't the Emergency Room it's around the other side of the building." So I just quickly turned around and started running as fast as I could with her on my back. And we had to traverse the side of this giant hospital in the dark, like we were going through alleyways with dumpsters, it seemed. And there was just no one around. It just seemed really unbelievable - one of those moments when time is just stretching out and you're aware of the urgency and ridiculousness of your situation. So I got into the Emergency Room door which was around the other side of the building it was a really small entrance. And they wheeled up a wheelchair behind me and I plunked her down into it and they saw that she was blue and not moving and didn't really look alive so they quickly hooked her up to a monitor and it said that her heart rate was 180 and her oxygen level was like 58 or something, really low. They kept hitting the machine saying "this can't be right - this can't be right" and a couple of them were just taking their time, trying to get the machine to be accurate. Then one nurse came rushing out and she said "The machine's fine! Get Doctor -" um, the pediatrician who was on call there, I forget his name. And they rushed her back there and they immediately gave her a shot of Venkomyacin, she'd gone septic and they didn't know, initially, what was wrong with her. They were asking all kinds of questions, had she been exposed to something. They just put her in an ambulance and I got in the front of the ambulance and we rode to Westchester Hospital, and they put her in the intensive care unit for children and we didn't know what was happening at that point. They gave her an ultrasound of her body and it showed that her left lung was full of pus. They couldn't hear that, neither the emergency room or the doctor's office could hear that for some reason when they listened to her chest, I guess because it was so full. So, they drained her lung the next morning by putting her unconscious and putting a tube in. Then she - they showed me a picture of the X-Ray and you could see her esophagus going off at a 45 degree angle from her throat, and her heart was shoved up into her left shoulder area because her lung was so full of pus that it was displacing her heart and her esophagus - it was the worst looking X-Ray I've ever seen. Like a person's body parts all in the wrong spot. It was just this feeling of time being altered and not having any control over the situation and knowing that I needed to be fine with that. L: Nina do you need to take a break right now and put your hands on your heart? And thank yourself for - just thank your heart, thank yourself, just be - gratitude. Thanking Nina. - pause - L: Can you imagine Sylvia in your arms, healed. N: Yeah, and I've recited the facts of this situation so many times and it's much different than the actual experience. L: And what's your feeling today, where are you vibrating with it today? N: I think this whole situation is sort of in another compartment, it's like frozen there for the sake of reflection or study. Because, I don't think I could go around each day actually with this memory in my - like the memory and awareness that I use in my every day life. So, it still feels kind of unreal, and as if it never happened, and also as if it was no big deal at all, and also as if it was a life-changing event. As if there was life before this and life after this. So it has - you know I don't know if it hasn't been enough time but it hasn't settled, it feels like the time that we spent in the hospital was, could have been like an entire year. It could have been 20 years ago, or 3 years ago, or yesterday. It feels like it could have been much longer or much shorter, it feels like it could have been 3 days or an entire year. The time around it and having to do with - everything having to do with this is just warped in this time and space way. L: So there's Nina the mother and there's Nina the artist-mother, and you were able to be in touch with so many people via your iPhone, the group chats. But you also, just from photos and with stories, Nina the artist really came to that situation, in terms of how you dealt with room, and the people and the doctors and the nurses and the visitors, so could you tell me about Nina the artist, in the room with your daughter? N: Yeah I thought about this a lot because I was talking with you Linda on the phone, most days we would check in and you would ask how we were doing and we kept in close touch and I - I remember, I don't know how many years ago it was, but I was talking to you about this time Sylvia and I were in the grocery store. And she was throwing a tantrum, and my cart was full of groceries, and I just had to abandon the cart and leave, these really difficult mothering moments. And you said something like "What would the mother that you would want to be - how would that mother be performing, and how could you perform as a mother in that situation?" And I remember having this huge realization when you said that, that I had a choice how I responded to Sylvia, that I could perform in that moment as a mother having a child who's having a tantrum in the grocery store. Just this realization that performance could be - that could be a coping mechanism - but it's not really a coping mechanism it's like a mechanism, so - ever since that point I've really used that performance mechanism in my mothering, because I've really had to because we wind up in so many difficult situations. And it's not performance in the way of being perfect, it's more like what is my role here and how can I embrace that role? That mechanism of awareness really creates that ability to view multiple possibilities and then choose one. And then even if that possibility that you chose isn't working out - you're still able to step out of that role, view a hundred more possibilities, and chose another one. So it gave me this really maneuverable framework for navigating mothering and life. So I already had been sort of practicing that, in a way that became very natural to my just daily way of going about, that I didn't realize until this latest hospital experience how much I rely on that mechanism as a mother and as an artist and all throughout my life, it's now something that informs my choices and my awareness about my artmaking projects, circumstances and situations I find myself in life, or if I'm envisioning and conceptualizing different possibilitie - that sort of performance mechanism that you introduced me to has really informed my approach to life, mothering, and art. So that was one of my big realizations, in this process, or in this experience. L: You're also a scientist, you know, you're a trained and practicing massage therapist - you're multi-multi leveled, multi-talented, so you have access to so many different personas, and quote characters and other voices that you can use and you really pulled out or pulled into all of them. Because I remember either reading or hearing from you that the scientist was wowing the doctors and nurses and the artist or the artist-mother was creating an installation in the room, the mother was in bed with the daughter - it was just an incredible, incredible experience for us, who knew about it online and knew about it being connected to your heart and to your heart, we all love you, and then Sylvia, and then Brian. So it was just - literally, I couldn't do anything while this was going on, I was just with you every second. I couldn't I couldn't function outside the persona of being Nina's love and Nina's friend. That was my, my practice. N: Yeah it was essential, and I can't even express the web that we all became, people coming and going, so many people were involved and connected and just wanting to help in so many ways - and helping in so many ways, that it was like - I'm not a person who's able to just sit around, and there wasn't a lot of sleeping over the 17 days but - it was Christmas and we had construction paper, we were making daisy chains and decorating the room, and the room became filled with hanging paper chains and cut-outs and it became a really exciting room that way. We were studying all the different antibiotics she was on and what their scope of treatments were - which things they would kill and which things they wouldn't. Making lists and crossing off things because the doctors couldn't really - they weren't really able to identify which bacteria had caused the lung to fill up so we were - I was trying to figure that out by processes of elimination. And that became these long long lists and learning about how antibiotics can have antagonistic effects on each other and it seemed like the two that they were giving her were canceling each other out and they would add a third one and the fever still wouldn't come down and the white blood cells would still go higher - she was on three antibiotics and it was just getting worse. So it was definitely entering science mode, definitely entering busy mode of just manipulating material with my hands non-stop, talking to people, just really being outside of myself. And I was remembering, I'd worked many years ago in search and rescue in Yosemite Valley, and there was a similar thing that happens there when there's an emergency and you just get down to doing the work. And that I remember that time shifts, time stops, and you just have - it's like everything's in slow motion. So I guess as a scientist and artist who's thinking and working with perception -in this case I'm still stuck thinking about the role of perception, I'm thinking about why we perceive certain situations - why time is warped and bent, and for what purpose, what parts of us make that happen? And how can we control that or maximize it? L: Do you think your early training as a gymnast and as a high-flying, risk-taking performer, that that internal persona allows you to confront high-flying life-art issues, in this case? All of your past actions and trainings came together. N: Yeah, I think - my Dad was a gymnast, an acrobat and a trampolinist, and so from the time I was little he would be tossing me up in the air and having me balance on his hands - we would be doing hand balancing and acrobatic things - and training me on trampoline, I would be launching myself in the air. So I was really, had this, I think maybe in a way that puts a person outside of their body, so I had this really strong sense of my physical body, and an equally strong sense of the space outside of my physical body, so it's almost like I inhabited two spaces. So, I think it created the ability to see myself from outside, which is why, Linda, when you introduced the idea of choosing roles, that was really a surprisingly simple thing - as much as I'd been able to see myself from outside my body I had never imagined this possibility of seeing that self choose - make choices. So, as much as I have this experience of being outside my body sort of naturally, I'm missing a lot of experiences that seem very natural for other people that have to do with awareness of choice. So I think it has its pluses and minuses, being disconnected - not disconnected but having a sense of the outside-the-bodiness. L: Is that because there's a level of suspension that comes from having been suspended - it's almost like an angelic timelessness, an angelic suspension. N: Yeah I don't know I've thought about this in relationship to having been a trampolinist because, I remember, when I was maybe 15 or 16 I had quit gymnastics and I just wanted to focus on trampoline. So I was learning these really complicated skills on the trampoline, one of them was a double-twisting double- backflip, which you do in succession with a bunch of other tricks. So it requires jumping up in the air and flipping around two times while you spin around two times. So it takes these really tiny muscle movements and you're going really high in the air, and it's so many tiny movements that it feels like you have a year when you're up in the air doing that trick. I can still, even to this day, feel the microscopic movements inside of my body that you need to do in order to make that trick happen. Yet, in that split second, the amount of time it takes to perform that trick, it expands and it seems like you have, maybe an entire minute or five minutes or something. So, we used to use video cameras to record ourselves and you could see this, just this human going up in the air and spinning around really quickly and then landing. And when you slow motion the thing down you can see: "Oh, my elbow was sticking out, I need to pull my elbow in" - you just saw these really microscopic things that you needed to do with your body, like just tuck your chin in a quarter of an inch or something. So, I thought about this when I was studying body work, and I forget which practioner was talking about people who'd been in car accidents, where their body comes to a direct halt. They've been speeding, and then the physical body comes to a quick halt, that the etheric or energy body continues to move past the car, and outside of their body, and their energy body didn't come to a halt, it just kept kind of gliding into the space in front of them. So, I thought about my experience as a trampolinist and this high-impact kind of jumping, this being-in- the-air, maybe that was happening. We wouldn't call it "traumatic experience" because you were choosing to do it and you didn't usually get hurt but it caused this similar thing to the "outside body" that maybe happens when people are in car crashes or other high-impact injuries or something. It's just a perception of time being weird and altered. And the perception of the body, the physical body and the outer bodies. L: So, it's almost like three personas, I'm sure there are more, there's Nina the artist, with all kinds of things happening in that room: the stars and paper cut- outs, and iPad games, and there's Nina the scientist, which you are also, who's doing all of this medical research, there's Nina the partner with Brian as collaborator, and there's Nina the Mother. There's no which one is second, third fourth, and I'm sure there's more, there's Nina the spiritual seeker. So there's these five to seven, to twenty-faceted - there's Nina the daughter, who's relating to parents what's going on, Nina the communicator. It's this multi-faceted opera of care and love, that is unbelievably fertile, rich, and applaudable. What would be your advice to other mothers, to other fathers, to other others in this situation? What - it's a teaching, what you did, is a teaching, it's a course, you could study what you did for years! What all you went through. What do you think people studying what you did will come away with or learn, or need to learn? N: The first thing that I kept telling other mothers when I would see them is just, "Go to the doctor, don't try to ride it out, it doesn't matter." I have so many friends, myself included, we try to avoid going to the doctor, because maybe it's expensive, or we don't trust them, or something. The first lesson, practical and the lesson that can save the most lives potentially is just go to the Doctor. It doesn't matter if you're wrong, just keep going. If you know that something is wrong don't trust them, just keep going to the Emergency Room over and over and over if you have to. I think that's the most urgent, pressing message that I found myself wanting to tell my other Mom friends. I think I'll probably be more inclined to go to the doctor all the time now. Also, from being involved in athletics we were trained to never go to the doctor, you know. So it was sort of overriding this programming I'd had my entire life that the body is invincible and it can heal itself no matter what, you never need to go to the doctor - that's the most practical advice. And probably I think - I don't know, there were times when I was thinking "I don't know how I'm doing this, I don't know how I'm not falling over or screaming or having an anxiety attack or being really scared or crying." I don't know how all of those things didn't happen, other than to say it was thanks to this performative mechanism that allowed me to really be present with what was happening and to realize I was in control of my anxiety and my fear, and that those sorts of responses wouldn't have any impact on the outcome. So, that sort of awareness and logical thinking kind of let me off the hook. "Oh, I don't need to have anxiety, I can see how that's not useful." L: As a practicing artist, you mention four or five things: screaming, anxiety, et cetera. Do you feel that the coming-down-from-the-suspension, or from twirling or twisting, from being put into the air of this situation; do you feel that those are things you'll be dealing with in your work, or in therapy, or that you will scream in your house when you're alone in your house, or do you feel that these kind of detrituses and these left overs, this material, do you have any idea how you'll be using the material? N: Yeah, I feel like it's probably not ready to come out, like it's sitting, solidifying a little more, I think when it comes out, then, it's going to be really directed, and that might show up in having - I mean I know this from going through things like this in the past that it gives me this ability to be really clear in my impulses and my choices and my instincts. To recognize when an institnctive notion is occurring and to direct it really quickly and not question myself. So, I think maybe all of these sort of difficult experiences in my life are continually fortifying that mechanism of choice-making and embracing and owning decisions and actions. Where there's not really a lot of - it's been training me to function in this way that's just sort of following impulse, but also the impulses have been correct in a lot of ways. Or it's like they're getting to be better, they're not always the most useful or beneficial thing, but it's like honing that mechanism, to where I feel like, eventually, a person, if they keep going through stuff like this for their whole life, might be able to direct that process really effectively. L: And you said persons going through this, I'm kind of thinking, like my brother's a surgeon, and my niece is a pediatrician and an internist: I'm thinking medically right now, and, you had 17 days of really being in close proximity with the medical, more than that, close proximity with people in the medical world. What did you learn from them? N: They have these slogans, like "We operate on Occam's Razor!" L: What was that? N: "Our protocol is developed based on Occam's Razor!" The most likely scenario is the most probable, is probably it, or something. "All of our decisions are informed by protocol, we don't-" they don't use, if they have a hunch or a notion, they have to bend their protocol to sort of force a way for their instinct, whereas operating as an artist I might have an instinct or a notion and I might have to force some sort of rules or material, physical material, to suit my notion. So I could see - just, that they have this kind of comfort with fencing themselves in with this, because it's like life or death, when you're on the fence and making a decision like this about whether a child lives or dies, you can't, as a human, be like, making a quick instinctive decision. Because you're not going to be 100% correct. So they have to put these parameters in place so that they're not accidentally killing children. L: What does that look like? N: They're working with something that's more important I guess, it's not more important, but it's much different than "Oh I'm going to make a sculpture and the welds didn't hold" or "I had the welder set on 4" or something, it's like "Oh I made a mistake" but it's not like somebody's going to live or die because I chose the wrong color or, you know, my seams didn't hold, or someone disagreed with what I was doing, or one of those things like, as an artist, being misunderstood, like worst case scenario you do a project, no one understands it, everyone misunderstands it, it fails, or something, it's like "So fucking what" there's no children who just died so it doesn't really matter, so that's sort of liberating. L: It makes us glad to be artists? N: I guess so, not to say that it's just frivolous, I think we're all searching for real useful ways of going about that translate to how to live life effectively, and that can save lives. L: I always felt that I wanted the same level of integrity as my brother had when he was doing surgery on a child. I wanted that same brilliance, that same, integrity again, that same attention, that same, care, that same, knowledge. Because that's a level to aim for, and that's a level that I could feel in a family member and want to emulate. N: Yeah it's probably great if we have that level of care and awareness in everything we do in our lives, and I agree. Because even, I guess on the surface it doesn't seem like anybody lives or dies based on any of my successes or failures with all of my art projects, but they're, they're little spirit ideas, little spirit babies or something. So it's, I mean, I guess it would just be, if we were to decide that human spirit, human beings were different or more important than idea-babies or spirit- babies. It's probably not true that there's a hierarchy and one is more important than the other. L: But the endurance that you participated in with your daughter and with your partner, Brian, and your ex-husband being there also in the picture, has, was an invitation to the next level of excellence. Because there's a graduation from the heart, our hearts, our hearts expand from these life endurances. And then it's like the art, the art will, the art will benefit. Or the life will benefit. N: Yeah, and that's really sticking with me, more and more, as I know you, and am influenced by you. There really is no difference between my life projects and my art projects, and that they both deserve equal levels of integrity. L: How is your relationship with Sylvia altered, changed, moved into or out of, or... what's new, what's old, what's? N: Well, I've made a point of, I have my observations of she and I's relationship, and I've tried to be really clear in not articulating her experience as my experience, or my observation of her experience may not be correct. So I, kind of refrain from imposing my observation of her experience, and what it might be. I witnessed her working with certain things in this circumstance, being confronted with things she had no choice over. Kids are given a lot of encouragement in this era, lately, that they have choice, and that they have choices about their bodies and what things they say are okay and what things are not okay. That they need to make good choices and use their voice, and make these choices. So she's been raised that way, except in this case, she was put in a position where she didn't have any choice, they had to take blood when they had to, and they had to do stuff to her, she didn't choose, and she didn't want to. And so it was difficult for me to watch that sort of reckoning and realize, we've been wanting to give our kids this, idealized notion that they have choice and autonomy and their body is theirs, and it's all great and well-meaning things, except in a case like this, you also have to be able to give over, to give over control of the things that you can control, and to know the difference - the ability to know, when you don't have a choice, and the ability to be okay. So she's 9, and she hasn't had many experiences like that, so watching her, have a crash course in that, is one things that I noticed, as far as she and I's relationship, that's a tough one to speak about. We're still so connected, that we sort of have an understanding of each other and our relationship to each other that's unlanguageable. Just, feeling and knowing each other in a way that is still really instinctive and connected in some, sphere that doesn't have language. And then also experiencing the stuff that does have language, just being really tired of whining, and all of the regular mother things, like really needing her to do what you're asking her to do, and being really tired, with those regular sorts of parenting things. L: The ability - what would you say to mothers about honesty? What I've observed in your relationship with Sylvia, in general, you have a rule that being honest and forthright and saying the truth, no matter how truthful or puzzling or upsetting or shocking it might be, never stops you, and so in a way that really helped, because I could see that some people might not have been as able to be truthful in the circumstance you were in - to talk about blood and guts, and sickness and life, in front of your daughter and also - anyway, I think you're very brave. And would you recommend - how would you get other people to be as brave as you? And is that from being suspended in the air? N: I don't know. L: Why are you so brave and how can you teach that bravery? N: I don't know because, brave, I might have just learned it, you know, parenting, you learn a little bit of it from the way your parents raised you, and some of that is good and bad. I mean, my Dad was kind of a fearless person and he talked a lot about violence and fighting and blood, so a lot of his speaking was really straight forward and graphic and, he had been in a lot of fist fights and he was kind of a rough and tumble person, and his father was - he had a lot of experiences growing up in a tough area where he, found a finger, this guy jumped him and he punched him and just kept punching him, and so, I just grew up with these - I kind of question it now. That is a defense mechanism, I think, to speak about bloody and graphic things with such ease, it's partly conditioned, I don't think it's great, because as I've gotten older and I've gotten more respect for the body, I think that's, not such a healthy response, to be so vocally graphic about things that are so important. But that's how he was, and my family is still kind of like that, so I don't know, I guess the other thing is being disinhibited, which could be from head injuries, or it might just be a way or being that I am, I can't really not say what I'm thinking, and I never think it - I think it benefits everybody involved to know the most information, and if everyone said what they were thinking, I think everyone would appreciate that. L: Ra, ra! Applause for all that, fabulous, thank you for mentoring that. And I'm sure those nurses were applauding you, and doctors. N: Yeah, maybe doctors and nurses are used to that, sort of, speaking. L: How did the animus of Brian's presence, who actually has a lot of anima in him, how did you feel, he supported you, and how would you recommend, future people who would be in a similar situation to ask for the kind of support you got from him? N: I mean, he was just continually there, there wasn't a question of whether he would be there for us, he just was, and that was really comforting. The feeling of, I didn't even have to ask, there was no resentment, it was just, straight up, unconditional help and support. Neither of us, I mean we were tired, but that wasn't even an issue. So I think, just having another person there was really great, and really gave me a lot of stability and comfort. And Sylvia too, he was able to, a lot of times, defuse things that were happening, then he would pick up, and start reading books to her and stuff. I guess, just having the ability to collapse a little bit and know that somebody else was going to be there. L: If you were to interview Nina right now, what would you ask her, about this experience? N: I would ask her, how is she going to be, how is she going to be better the next time this happens? What is the thing to carry and learn, the next thing? I don't even know if there's a way to answer that because it will just evolve over time. Or, how will she, I wonder if these spheres of reality will, over time, converge? And how would she know if that has happened and what would it matter? L: What does converge mean, to you? N: I guess the experience is kind of fragmented from my awareness, I notice when I start to retell the facts of this experience, that they're kept in another compartment of my awareness that's really far from the awareness I use to go around in my daily life. I wonder if there will come a point when the distance between those two modes of functioning becomes closer. L: What does she say to Nina? N: She would say, "Why does that matter? Between those things. Why are you fascinated with where things are, the location of perceptions? Why do you care so much about wanting to know where things are and how they get from one place to another?" L: I could answer that. N: You could? L: I am Nina, and I am up in the air! My dance threw me up in the air, and I don't know where in the name of God I am! I'm twisting, I'm turning, I'm trampolining and I'm jumping, and I'm up and I'm turning around and I'm falling down - I don't know where I am, and the distance, relations, so that's - N: Right, that makes sense, thanks Linda. ​ L: My God! My God! Oh my God, where am I? What's the relation to the next - I'm an angel, flying. ​ N: Hm, good point. ​ L: So, Nina says to all parents [long pause] You talked about money today, before we began, it was so beautiful, and you talked about bills coming to you, through her birth father, that she had insurance, it was so touching, you talked about money, because most people are just like cray-cray about, totally cray-cray. And you said, with all beauty, yeah there was one bill, about $15,000 or eighteen and then you said, I want you to close your eyes, and feel this, you said "I don't care if it was a million dollars, I don't care if I had to pay for the rest of my life, if it was a million dollars, I would pay and pay, because it was my daughter's life that was saved." And that's, that's the other Nina. That's the new Nina. ​ N: Yeah, it was a perspective shift, at the same time we were in the hospital my septic system was blowing up in my house, and, you know, before we went to the hospital that was a terrible ordeal, and, you know, I hired this plumber, it was $300, not fixed, hired another guy, $900, kind of fixed, you need another thing, it's going to be $8000. And then, that very day, "your septic needs to be rebuilt, it's $8000" - we go to the hospital. I was on the verge of caring about that, you know, and in relationship to something like this, those other things that would really just be a really big deal in a person's life, just doesn't matter. I don't know how that will happen, it just will, I don't even care, right now. We're just not using much water for now, it's fine. So then all these other things, oh we hit a deer! I had to have my car repaired, just all these other things that at other points in my life would be like "Oh this is terrible, why is all this terrible stuff happening?" And now, it's like, it's like nothing, it doesn't even matter, all this stuff that used to matter, it just doesn't. ​ L: You know I'm thinking like Castaneda's, commandment, that we keep death on our left shoulder, is so lovely, because, if, and sometimes the translation is "Oh my God! Fill-in-the-blank is going to die! And I'm so, cray-cray, about what I'm thinking about Fill-in-the-blank right now!" But, if I was looking through the lens of, they're going to die some day, how would that change my direction, my position, my being-in-the-air, my endurance ​ N: That's another one of those magical Linda-perspective-shifting mechanisms ​ L: And you did it, you did it, you had a perspective shift, you had a large shift, and a very very powerful life-death journey, endurance. ​ N: Maybe the distance between those spheres of perception I was trying to measure and locate will become evident when I go back to being comfortable and I get to this point where I start to get mad about some stupid thing like, I'm thinking of my neighbor lady was mad because we drove on her yard and it made a dent on her lawn and she was so mad. And I could just sit there while she was yelling at me thinking "wow, she cares about different things than I do." So maybe when the experience, the near-death experiences and the mundane idiocy of daily life problems like holes in your yard, when those things start to become so far apart that you can't see the near-death experience any more and you start to care about a hole in your yard or something, maybe those things could indicate distance. I don't know if that would mean, like, getting closer together or farther. I don't know. ​ L: Somehow, it all boils down to love, and the vibrational frequency of love. And, and then translating that love and death and love and fear and how to come out, how to come out of these wonderful teachings with the banner, the banner for, the flag of love. I mean I'm thinking of, in the exact same scenario, you know, [xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] - this is, off record maybe. N: We'll stop here [shuts recorder off]

  • REMARKABLE NEW LOCATIONS | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... REMARKABLE NEW LOCATIONS Nye Ffarrabas & Nina Isabelle CX Silver Gallery, May- June 2019 Out of gallery Remarkable New Locations is a series of interactive art objects inspired by Nye Ffarrabas's poetry and produced by Nina Isabelle using a car as a printing press. The objects are interactive as they invite the viewer to engage in marking and remaking the dry erase surface as a way to facilitate perceptions of process, language, and action. The printing process involved inking each plate individually and pressing it into each sheet by driving a car over it to emboss the plate image into the saturated paper. Each piece was rolled over ten times with a car revealing various degrees of chance in the imagery. The original monoprint plate was produced using hand-etched plexiglass. Using black printmaking ink on 100% cotton 22x30 Arches 88 printmaking paper, the prints were individually processed, then hand painted using ink, gouache, and acrylic paint to highlight and color code the vowels using purple As, yellow Es, orange Is, blue Os, and green Us. The final layer is a hand cut transparent material affixed to the image surface machine stitched with orange thread. Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Forbes and Bici Hendricks) has been an artist for 60 years and a poet for 80. She participated in Happenings beginning in 1961, as part of the Fluxus scene. In 1962 she interviewed several artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Bob Watts and Ivan Karp. In 1965, she established her own publishing company, the Black Thumb Press. Nye/Bici had her first solo show at Judson Gallery in 1966 and the next year performed Ordeals with Carolee Schneemann. In the 60s and 70s, Nye/Bici participated in many of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York events coordinated by Charlotte Moorman. Starting in 1964, Nye/Bici compiled journals as conceptual art with Geoff Hendricks, a series known as The Friday Book of White Noise which contains many seeds for her event scores. In 2019 Nye completed a mobius-strip-shaped infinite event score as a performance, installation and wall-piece. Out of gallery

  • VOICES & CHOICES | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ​ The Ear, Brooklyn, NY August 23rd 2019 VOICES & CHOICES Out of gallery Referencing the ways misperceptions of fear, safety, danger, pain and the body create difficulty when voicing choices, this performance was an exercise in decision making, speaking up, and the difficulty that surrounds these things. I welded a steel cage for my body that was also a percussion instrument to be played on and off the body. I constructed and wore a garment of half visually reflexive material and half acoustically absorbent foam. The performance audio included partially told stories, inaudible language, and uncomfortable loud sounds. Curated by Polina Riabova and organized by Oya Damla at The Ear in Brooklyn, NY. Photos by Kira DeCoudres

  • THE BODY DESCRIBES ITSELF | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE BODY DESCRIBES ITSELF An in-progress painting series started August 2020 by Nina Isabelle. ​ My Grandmother designed leather gaskets used to strap prosthetic limbs onto amputees. Being an athlete and bodyworker, this series of paintings is an inquiry into what the body knows of its own shape and where might this knowledge come from. This is a study to learn how my own body might describe itself with line and paint. ​ Oil on canvas sizes range from 36 - 60 inches Inquire here for details and prices ​ Out of gallery

  • IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME WITH IV CASTELLANOS Imagined Performance written by Nina Isabelle and read live on Instagram by IV Castellanos @iv_castellanos Para\\el Performance Space February 12, 2021 READ BY IV CASTELLANOS: You will be guided through a sequence of events that have been systematically untethered from any and all singular, multiple, or quantifiable physical locations. Any and all astral, psychic, temporal, and somatic pins have been removed from the fabric of time. All known and unknown extradimensions will be accessible to you. Some of the events may feel familiar to you. You might recognize the radiator in this space. You might be familiar with the sound of my voice or the way this space expands and contracts at will. Sometimes this space is as large as a destroyed production room of an old abandoned textile factory with remains of broken equipment The person sat down. The seated person had an idea and hoped to untangle it by sitting down. They started to speak out loud- "I have an idea and I want to sit down." They didn't say the next part out loud but only thought it to themself inside their own quiet mind - "I'm not sure where to start." The next part involves the person discussing with themselves what they believe they know about three things; beginnings, middles, and ends. A lot of time goes by. The person sits and thinks. ​ Hello. Welcome to Imagined Performance. My name is IV Castellanos and today I will be reading a performance imagined by Nina Isabelle. This performance starts right now: at 8:17 pm on February 12, 2021 and will end precisely at 8:32 pm. All participants are asked to please defocus their perception using whatever breathing or other techniques they find useful. Be with your laptops but not of them. Hold your phones loosely or not at all. Connect through disconnecting. Believe that you know what this means. I will continue speaking during your process. Please know that it is not necessary for you to understand what I am saying. I am moving my mouth. I am vibrating my vocal cords in a certain way that I have found useful. There are many sounds happening where I am. I can hear traffic. A radiator is hissing. Sometimes people's boots are stomping up and down staircases. The walls here are thin. The sound of passersby breathing and conversing and slogging through cold, ice, and snow. While I continue to speak, please list the sounds you notice in your environment. Speak these sounds out loud to yourself where you are now. In this way, we can be together through our differences. You may whisper, yell, or use any variety of tone or volume you choose. As a disclaimer, please know that I will be recording you through an invisible and unreal mechanism. In order to indicate that you agree, please either respond or remain unresponsive. Please continue to focus on the sounds of your environment and continue to speak them out loud. I will now begin to describe the performance I am sitting here at Parallel Performance Space in Brooklyn, NY. I am speaking into the camera on my computer. Here in the space with me, are sixteen audience members. They are each wearing a new mask prototype made of woven atmospheric particles interlaced through a selective ionic process that traps virus particles using infra-aural radio webs emitted by the human ear. This new technology makes it possible for us to once again be together in small spaces, to hug one another, and sit next to each other with our knees and elbows periodically touching by accident as we move. Everyone here is silently focused on the performance, blinking and slowly shifting their posture. They are listening to the space and my voice. Their phones have all been silenced. Now they are watching me light a candle. Some of them are nervous because the flame of the candle is reaching all the way up to the ceiling. There is a thin ribbon of fire with a black smoke tip that is drawing something out on the ceiling with a line of soot. Some of the audience members are acting as if they are not surprised or nervous. They're keeping their faces very still and devoid of expression. Some of them are trying to photograph the tall ribbon of flame with their phones. One person makes a short video for their Instagram story. Some others are looking back and forth at one another, wondering what will happen and waiting. The symbol drawn on the ceiling by flame is so far unrecognizable. It might be a slanted reflected cursive letter Q, an off kilter house, or the runic shape of Perthro reversed. No one can tell. For a while, people watch and wonder. Time passes. A thick hemp rope unfurls down from the ceiling and drops down to the floor with a heavy thud. At this point, a person comes into the space from the street through the front door, a latecomer. They're trying to be small, silent and unnoticed out of politeness for the performance. Right now, as I'm speaking, this person is sitting down in the corner trying to appear quickly as if they are being observant and contemplative and they're pretending not to notice this reference to them. They want to appear as if they know what is happening. They are also wearing the new mask prototype. I want them to feel comfortable. Now I will play back for you the sounds I have been recording of you speaking at home. Please listen closely: ​ SPEAKING SOUNDS Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 04:52 While this loud sound is playing, I place a large transparent vat of diesel fuel in the center of the space. It is a beautiful transparent pink fluid. People are stunned at its beauty. How can such a toxic substance be so beautiful? Everyone wonders. The ribbon of flame is still tickling the ceiling. I use my hand to bend it down toward the vat of diesel. The black tip of smoke connects with the surface of the fluid. Some people seem nervous because diesel fuel is flammable, however not combustible. Many people are not aware of this distinction. The ribbon of flame slowly dips into the vat and begins to grow in size. People are squeezing their faces in fear and inhaling through their clenched teeth. Some are starting to shield their faces and ears with their hands. No one heads for the door. The intensity of the fire ribbon grows and grows until finally a figure emerges from the pink flaming liquid. It's a full size human wearing a green robe. The robed diesel person floats toward the radiator and, crouching down, they begin to turn the knob, opening the radiator further and further and further. A glowing purple ring of light grows with each turn. Once the purple ring of light reaches six feet in diameter, I blow out the candle. I walk into the purple ring of light, stand dramatically frozen for a moment, turn, and reach for the person closest to me to join me and they do. The person is wearing a thick wool plaid skits and has a large pile of blond curls stacked up on top of their head. They have a felt cloak with a large golden leaf broach pinned to their lapel. Underneath this, they're wearing a neoprene shirt - a rash guard like surfer's wear with a giant plastic zipper. Together we enter the portal and vanish. The green robed figure takes out a bucket of grey paint and a paint brush and, crouching down slowly, they begin to paint the plywood floor. They are groaning and wailing and complaining loudly about the floor, about how many times they have had to do this in the past and how each time, it never seems to matter. Someone always spills taffy or blood or resin and it always needs to be scraped up or sanded or covered over. They continue to paint the floor and cry. This lasts for over twenty minutes. Their tears sizzle as they drip and mix with the grey paint. Tiny smolders of atomized paint-tears begin to float throughout the room with a small being encapsulated in each floating speck. They all cry out and their own tiny tears begin to rain down on the performance attendees. The diesel fumes mix with the tear droplets and the people begin to feel light headed and nauseous. Some people try to escape but the door is jammed shut. Everyone wants to go home, but they can't. They're stuck. Please, now, if you will, shift your awareness from the sounds in your atmosphere to the physical objects in your environment. Please speak the names of the objects you see around you. Say these things out loud. Say the colors of the objects. Be as descriptive as possible. Say the size of the objects. Describe their textures and whatever other particulars you notice or feel. For example, you might say: Beige Chenille sofa. Small cigarette stains. 5 x 8 deep red wool handmade Turkish Bokhara rug. Regular sized half eaten bowl of cereal. Crystal chandelier missing three light bulbs. Green plastic 2.5 gallon bucket with mop water. four square inches of peeling orange paint. Tiny chocolate fingerprints on thick mauve polyester drapes. Again- you are being recorded and you agree to this. I will now play the real-time recording of your collective voices. SPEAKING OBJECTS Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 02:24 While you continue speaking and listening to yourselves speaking together, please simultaneously turn one-third of your awareness back to the performance at hand. We are here at Parallel Performance Space. The performance attendees are uncomfortable and scared. A glowing spot begins to reveal itself on the ceiling between the cryptic soot symbol and the hemp rope. Several non-human entities start to slip through the glowing spot and descend into the space by sliding down the hemp rope. The beings are translucent, faceless, and silent. They emit an overwhelming feeling of love, safety, hope, transformation, and understanding. The odors of diesel fumes, soot, mop water and paint fumes dissolve and are replaced by the smells of lilac, hyacinth, roses, warm potato leek soup with chives, and chamomile tea. Warm local raw organic creamed honey bubbles up from the floor and everyone covers themselves in it. It's amazing. The performance attendees are now bursting into tears of joy and relief. They now know in their bones that everything is perfect everywhere in the world and for the first time in a long while, they feel hopeful. The glowing beings begin to hand out the most amazing cupcakes. Everyone is happy and hugging and eating cake together. Here is what it the space sounds like now: ​ IMAGINED PERFORMANCE FINALE Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 03:24 In the mean time, The radiator begins to hum and the sound begins to grow into the harmonic sound of a thousand electronic angels breathing in unison and every pipe organ on earth begins to sing together. Bells are ringing in the clouds and the purple portal returns with a beautiful hum. I step out of it along with the performance attendee who joined me, and the floating green robed figure. We hold each other's hands and take a big dramatic bow. This is the end of the performance. People clap and clap and whoop, hollar, and whistle. Everyone is so happy. No one wants to leave. People want to debrief. What just happened? How can we explain this? One person says they saw their ancestors. Another person miraculously figured out why their car wouldn't start. One person's psoriasis vanished completely. Another realized how much their mother loved them. Yet another discovered the whereabouts of their lost passport. A few realized it was time for a career change. Now, people are outside smoking and mingling on the sidewalk. All the lights are extra sparkly, everything looks clear and bright. The air is crisp and clean like it hasn't been in years. Some people are starting to head home. People are walking arm in arm and gazing in each other's eyes. We start to clean up the space and get ready for bed. It was a good night. A performance like no other.

  • Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ​ NINA A. ISABELLE Kingston, NY nina@ninaisabelle.com ​ Nina Isabelle is a process based artist working with perception, action, language, and phenomena. Her practice is a method to sort and solve the inconsistencies of language, memory, and form. She makes paintings, drawings, photographs, video, sculpture, sound, performance and writing as inquiry into how sensory perception functions as the impetus for action, reaction, response, and choice making in art and life. Her work often merges disciplines as she explores how sense data compels actions, informs concepts, and the unconscious and conscious impact these variables have on decision making processes used to construct meaning and worlds. Motivated by the failure of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, the imposition of objects in space, as well as the deficiencies of literal language, her projects highlight how modes of psychic imprinting and cerebral interpretations come together to organize perception in ways that can inform and solidify new possibilities and transformations. She often arranges structures for action, gesture, and performance as a way to reveal surprises or new information. She might act out directives such as repetitive gestures and/or categorical movements inspired by mathematical number sequences, geometric or asymmetrical patterns, GPS location, or directions within open time segments to find ways that improvised movements, reactions, and responses can be examined, quantified, relearned, or transformed. Her projects often compel her to construct life size human forms, sew garments or other wearable objects, wrap and/or suspend arrangements, weld steel structures that might become a wearable, percussion instrument, a kinetic sculpture, or all three. The sculptural objects that result from her process are project-specific and function as concept-artifacts, or evidence of a process of engaging with physical material. Along the way and afterward, she scrutinizes everything including conception, design, creation, physical actions & interactions, and destructive elements as a way to notice inconsistencies or transformations that demonstrate how manipulating physical material might reveal information about ways of manipulating non physical dimensions including concepts. ​ Isabelle use photography and video documentation as instruments to highlight and inspect sensory inconsistencies and memory schisms that occur throughout expanded timelines. By simultaneously displacing perception into three different vantages (the observer, the observed, and the observer of the observed,) she is able to engage with documentation as a tool to untangle problems related to sequence and simultaneity, physical location and material, the affability of memory, the complexities of self and other, and the inconsistencies experienced by the observer and experiencer over time. Her projects often include soundscapes made using her personal collection of audio samples including inaudible language or partially told stories, text-to-speech robots, discordant and degraded audio bombardments, multilayered barrages of noises sampled from her life such as gun shots, clicking bicycle sprockets, wind hitting a microphone, my kids, and my own improvised interactions with musical instruments. As part of her process, Isabelle will stretch, layer, reverse, overlap, or modify her soundscapes creating a cacophonic experience that might engage and scramble or distract and divert a portion of perception with the goal of freeing up other awareness functions. Isabelle's work has been presented at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, The Queens Museum as part of Emergency Index Documentation Discussion, Judson Memorial Church, Grace Exhibition Space, and ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space in NYC with Feminist Art Group, as well as at Para//el Performance Space and The Ear in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally her projects have been presented at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea, The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain, Bangkok Underground Film Festival in Thailand, and NA Gallery in South Korea. Nationally her work has been shown at The San Diego Art Institute, The New School's exhibition at The Bushwick Collective, Roman Susan in Chicago, IL, and CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro VT, among others. In 2018 Isabelle founded Three Phase Center for Collaborative Art Research & Building in Stone Ridge, NY where she facilitates, collaborate with, and document the work of process based conceptual and performance artists. Three Phase Center also produces a video documentary series titled Documenting Process that aims to substantiate the utility of art processes that challenge the measures of value established by institutions and markets by highlighting the lateral values of the processes and practices artists engage with that benefit their social spheres, themselves, or larger communities in less quantifiable ways. The series features artists talking about their practices, process, influences, motivations, and future plans in relatable and accessible terms. Isabelle is continually motivated to work, present projects, facilitate, and collaborate with artists and idea people of any sort. Please feel free to contact her to schedule a studio visit. She also have many pieces of artwork for sale and is happy to discuss commissioned works including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture. ​ Educational Statement Isabelle first studied art at Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, where in 1992 she was asked to unenroll from their program. She continued her studies at The University of Utah Art Department and after two years was encouraged to reconsider her major. She finally received her Bachelor's in Art from Westminster College and graduated with honors in 1999. "While I cared about art as a tool for finding and making meaning, I disagreed with the notions of art as a craft to replicate reality and that significance could be determined by external sources of authority. In place of my formal schooling, I credit the development of my art approach to the lives and work of artists, colleagues, friends, writers, and thinkers including Susan Langer, Linda Montano, Sasha Morgenthaler, Ray Eames, Hilma af Klint, Käthe Kollwitz, Louise Bourgeois, Hans Haacke, Henry Moore, Jim Dine, The Starn Brothers, Nelson Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Paavo Pylkkänen, and Willard Van Orman Quine." ​ Exhibitions, Collaborations, Participations & Projects 2021 Nina Isabelle - Artist, Thinker, Observer , Theresa Widman's Podcast #183 2021 The Black Meta Interviews Nina Isabelle for Radio Kingston, by Beetle & Freedom Walker, May 2021 2021 Psychic Self Defense, Artlife Institute, Kingston, NY 2021 Imagined Performance written by Nina Isabelle presented by IV Castellanos, Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2020 Meet The Makers, Children's Museum of Art in NYC interviews Nina Isabelle, October 21, 2020 2020 Spheres of Performance, Perception, and Value, virtual presentation for The Hynes Institute of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Iona College, September 2020 2020 Video Manifestation System User Interface Lecture and Presentation, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC , May 1, 2020 2020 Superfund Revisioning Project Lecture, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC . May 15, 2020 2020 EQUINOX, An Emergency of Joy, March 19, 2020 2019 The Shape of a Feeling & the Languages of Organizational Structures, The Esthetic Apostle, October 2019. Web. 2019 Choices & Voices, The Ear, Brooklyn, NY 2019 Remarkable New Locations, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2019 April 5th Video for Daily Trumpet by Jonathan Horowitz. Web. 2019 Illuminating Intangibles with Amelia Iaia at Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2019 Documentation Discussion with LiVEART.US & Emergency INDEX at Queens Museum 2018 Empathy Blinders by David Ian Bellows/Griess with Nina Isabelle & Elizabeth Lamb, Brooklyn Arts Media , December 4-18, 2018 2018 LaTable Ronde / Critical Practices Round Table #7.1 on Careerism, NYC 2018 In Honor Of, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC 2018 actLife , Linda Montano, Nye Ffarrabas (Bici Forbes,) Cai Xi, Lee Xi, Nina Isabelle, Jennifer Zackin, Sharon Myers, C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 Healing + Arts / Radical Domesticity , Movement Metaphors Time Travel Workshop, Kingston, NY 2018 No Nudes / No Sunsets , Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, Secret City Art Revival, Woodstock, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 Animalia , 2018 Anarchist Art Fair at Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2018 Performancy Forum, ForceYourself to be Good , Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Citizen Participation: Diagrams & Directives , Feminist Art Group, ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space, NYC 2018 The Hymn Warp Transducer, Paul McMahon's Bedstock, 9 Herkimer Place, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Muscular Bonding, New Genres Arts Festival, Living Arts, with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, Tulsa, OK 2018 M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, in St. Louis, MO 2018 Video Manifestation System by Nina A. Isabelle, Human Trash Dump, www.archive.org , 2018 Piano Portraits with Linda Mary Montano, Nina Isabelle, & Jennifer Zackin at HiLo in Catskill, NY 2018 Beast Conjuring , The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 MKUVM , Human Trash Dump, Nov. 27, 2017, www.archive.org 2017 Vidiot , The Unstitute, Catalonia, Spain & Virtual 2017 4th Iteration of The Bedroom by T.W.A.T. (The Women Art Team), Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2017 CENTENNIAL:SHE , Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY 2017 Patricia Field's Art/Fashion Show, Joe's Garage, Catskill, NY 2017 Feminist Art Group Performance, Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2017 Midtown Arts District Art Walk, Kingston, NY 2017 The Shirt Factory Centennial, Kingston, NY 2017 The Unstitute's Projection Room, Integrative Ontological Practices by Selden Paterson & The Eucharist Machine by Nina Isabelle, Catalonia, Spain & Virtual 2017 We Are The Secret Garden , The Stable Yard at Ernest, Anna, & Ming's in Kingston, NY 2017 The Bedroom , The Women Artist Team at NA Gallery, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea 2017 Just Situations with FAG, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Ungovernable Zone by Anarko Art Lab at Secret Garden Art Festival at Ft. Tilden, NYC 2017 Beautiful Symphony: Women Creating Chaos with F.A.G at Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 Experimental Archery & Mark Making, Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 MOTHERING , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 If You Don't Go Out In The Woods , Legacy Fatale, Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 oUT iN tHE zONE, Anarchist Art Festival #11, Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2017 UNITY, The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Wish You Were Here II, The Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2017 Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.) Knights of The Round Table , Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Stages, Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Property, Roman Susan & Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical, Chicago, IL 2017 Bangkok Underground Film Festival, Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand 2017 Embarrassed of the Whole, Time Travel Research, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2017 SHORTCUT TO HELL, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Laundry Loops with JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. (Feminist Art Group, ) Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 The Dead Are Not Quiet, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2016 Artist and Location , Czong Institute For Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum, Gimpo, Korea 2016 The Jernquist Coloring Book Show, Studio Fidlär, Alexanderplatz, Berlin 2016 PoliTRICKS , Art Ellipsis, Philladephia, PA 2016 Feminist Art Group in IV Soldiers Gallery at Rosekill Performance Farm, Rosendale, NY 2016 85th Annual Woodstock Library Fair, Woodstock, NY 2016 The Shirt Factory Open Studios, Kingston, NY 2016 The New School / Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn, NY 2016 The Shirt Factory Artists , Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY 2016 Wish You Were Here , The Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2016 Installation and Performance at The Art Life Institute with Clara Diamond, Kingston, NY 2016 The Pain Project / Alice Teeple-Now Is Real , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Silent Mass Generator Workshop , Grace Exhibition Space Archive, Kingston, NY 2015 Instinct , The Parliament, York, PA 2015 Posthumous Collaborations , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Abstract Mediums , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Witness: The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Old Pro , Punk Rock Fish Studio, Berlin, MD 2014 Art Along The Hudson at S.P.A.F, Saugerties, NY 2014 Star House Gallery, Studio Sale, Kingston, NY 2014 Varga Gallery Memorial Day Group Show, Woodstock, NY 2014 Bold And Bright curated by David Barr, Artspace,Falls Church, VA 2013 Ethos of Abstraction -Nina Isabelle/Lucienne Weinberger, Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, NY 2013 The Garden Cafe, Woodstock, NY 2013 Diagnosis Artist , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Half Your Age , Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2013 Barrett Art Center, Kinetic , Poughkeepsie, NY 2013 Art Foray, Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY 2013 Home Grown , Hole In The Wall Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA 2013 Outer Expressions of Inner Mayhem , solo show, Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Bits & Pieces , The Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Cool Cats , Hole in The Wall Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Fall Season Show, Greenpoint Gallery,Brooklyn, NY ​2012 IDIOM , Unison at Water Street Market Gallery, New Paltz, NY 2012 The Maltese Falcon, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2012 Trash Art Gallery at The Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 The Handmade Photograph , Mills Pond House Gallery, Smithtown, Long Island, NY 2012 Sex 7 , Projekt 30, NYC 2012 Cornell St. Studio, Kingston, NY 2012 Varga Gallery, Goddess Show, Woodstock, NY 2012 Erotica , Tivoli Artists co-op, Tivoli, NY 2012 Birds of a Feather , Varga Gallery. Woodstock, NY 2011 Paintings / Drawings, Lovebird Studios, Rosendale, NY 2011 Season Show, Art @ Home, Kingston, NY 2010 Wings Gallery, Rosendale, NY 2007 South Main Studios, Gunnison, CO 2007 Paragon Gallery, Crested Butte, CO 2005 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2004 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2003 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2002 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 Jewett Center, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT 1998 Sundance Gallery, Sundance, UT 1998 Weber State College, Weber, UT 1992 P.S.A.D Student Gallery, Lancaster, PA 1991 P.S.A.D. Student Gallery, Lancaster, PA 1990 Centre Film Lab, State College, PA 1989 Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, State College, PA 1988 Pennsylvania State Capital Building, Harrisburg, PA ​ Solo Exhibitions 2021 Psychic Self-Defense, Artlife Institute Kingston, Kingston, NY 2019 Remarkable New Locations, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 We Can't Tell What We're Doing, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 The Beast, The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 Nina A. Isabelle at HiLo Art, Catskill, NY 2016 Animal Maximalism , Green Kill, Kingston, NY 2016 Hyperactive Installation at The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2016 The Pain Project , Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2014 The Random Community Generator , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Inner Mayhem , Metropolis Collective, Harrisburg, PA 2002 Nina Isabelle, Gunnison Art Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 Handmade Photographs , Bibliotheque, Salt Lake City, UT Performance 2020 EQUINOX, An Emergency of Joy, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Illuminating Intangibles, Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Land Lines with Jennifer Zackin, C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, Secret City, Woodstock, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 Embodying The Outer Bodies / Force Yourself To Be Good Panoply Performance Laboratory , Brooklyn, NY 2018 Citizen Participation: Diagrams & Directives, Feminist Art Group, www.bulletspace.org , NYC 2018 The Hymn Warp Transducer, Paul McMahon's Bedstock, 9 Herkimer Place, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Muscular Bonding, New Genres Arts Festival, Living Arts, with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, Tulsa, OK 2018 M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, in St. Louis, MO 2018 Piano Portraits with Linda Mary Montano, Nina Isabelle, & Jennifer Zackin at HiLo in Catskill, NY 2018 Beast Conjuring, The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 We Are The Secret Garden , The Stable Yard at Ernest, Anna, & Ming's in Kingston, NY 2017 Just Situations with FAG, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Ungovernable Zone by Anarko Art Lab at Secret Garden Art Festival at Ft. Tilden, NYC 2017 MOTHERING , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 If You Don't Go Out In The Woods , Legacy Fatale, Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 oUT iN tHE zONE, Anarchist Art Festival #11, Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2017 The Fabric of Women's Space-Time, The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Stages , Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Embarrassed of the Whole, Time Travel Research, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Mock The Chasm , Art / Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2016 Laundry Loops at JOB /// IV Soldier's F.A.G. Feminist Art Group at Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Q: INFORMATICUS, P)REPARING THE REAL , The Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Performances Sketches / Clara Diamond's Residency at Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2015 The Q: Entity , The Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2015 The Silent Mass Generator Workshop , Grace Exhibition Space Archive, Kingston, NY 2005 Mirror , Taylor Hall at Western State College University, Gunnison, CO 2002 What Do We Have? / Vanity / Death, Jaquelynne Brodeur & Nina Isabelle, The Gunnison Art Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 The Dischordant Student , Jewett Center, Salt Lake City, UT ​ Video Production 2021 Documenting Process: Shola Cole AKA Pirate Jenny 2019 Documenting Process: Linda Mary Montano 2019 Documenting Process: The Architecture of a Stream by Valerie Sharp 2018 Documenting Process: Decompositions by Brian McCorkle 2018 Seemripper https://vimeo.com/296678389 2018 Video Manifestation System, Human Trash Dump, https://archive.org/details/htdc005 2016 The Eucharist Machine, 4:48, https://vimeo.com/189071199 2016 Certain Solutions For Solving Problems, 8:40, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltIadB4FuFI 2016 Domestic Loops, 6:20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeEYUtCZbKY 2016 Mother Vs. God, 0:47, https://vimeo.com/176222556 2016 IBM- Tech City Re-Vision , 0:55 https://vimeo.com/182476408 2016 The Giant Candle - Environmental Healing Spell By Proxy , 2:43, https://vimeo.com/182594886 2016 Locational Trauma Transform, 2:54 https:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crlDcMZfy1M 2016 Performance Sketch at Art/Life Institute https://youtu.be/XzNUWDwvOTk 2016 The Story Of Terror / Ax In The Stump https://vimeo.com/176227354 2016 Building Connections https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YdGO-7zrSY 2016 C O D E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxJ4pHX8WE 2015 Feeding The Entity https://vimeo.com/140719399 2015 Siblings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR4ErG0Khvc 2015 Q:Entity at Art/Life Institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5joer_gcyKQ ​ Curating / Hosting / Facilitating 2020 Notice Recording presents New Music & Free Jazz, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2020 Social Dissonance, Paul McMahon, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 FUTURE: Shola Cole AKA Pirate Jenny, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Speed, Light, Motion & Gesture: Video Installation by Josh Babu, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Infinity Within & Without, Cai Xi and Le Xi, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Hurray! The Gland Doctors Graduate. Linda Mary Montano, Amanda Heidel, Arielle Ponder, Megumi Naganoma, and Lynn Herring 2019 Lorene Bouboushian & The Undoing And Doing Collective, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 The Architecture of A Stream by Valerie Sharp, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Public Vortex Weaving by Jennifer Zackin, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 The Malleability of Memory by Ernest Goodmaw, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 Eleven Modes of Decomposition by Brian McCorkle, Three Phase Center, Stone Rodge, NY 2018 The Obstructionist: Empathy Blinders & Dramatic Object Making with Elizabeth Lamb & David Ian Bellows / Griess, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 Thinkers & Doers Feminist Workgroup with Ernest Goodmaw, Havarah Zawoluk and Anna Hafner, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2017 The Shirt Factory Centennial Performance & 3rd Floor Pop Up, The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2016 Animal Maximalism Performances at Green Kill, Green Kill, NY 2016 Alice Teeple, Now Is Real , Star House Gallery, NY 2015 Owen Harvey, The Local Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Recent Paintings by Chad Gallion , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Through The Lens : The Sudbury Photo Show, Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Adam & Jeff: An Abstract Painter and His Mentor , Star House Gallery, KIngston, NY 2014 Parallel Places: Owen Harvey / Michael Hunt , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show, Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Isaac Abrams / Kelly Bickman , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Narrative , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Artist Talk: Kerry Mueller , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Diagnosis: Artist , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY Bibliography - Widman, Theresa. "Nina Isabelle - Artist, Thinker, Observer." I want What She Has . 2 Aug. 2021. Podcast. - Beetle & Freedom Walker. The Black Meta- Psychic Self-Defense: Artist, Nina Isabelle" 4 May. 2021. Podcast. Radio Kingston WKNY. -Santullo, Kerry. “‘Meet The Makers - 5 Minutes with Artist Nina Isabelle.’ "Children's Museum of the Arts New York, 21 Oct. 2020, cmany.org/blog/view/5-minutes-artist-nina-isabelle/ . - Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Danny Potocki. "E-talk with Nina A. Isabelle." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2020. Web. 22 Dec. 2020. -"The Shape of a Feeling & the Language of Organizational Structures." The Esthetic Apostle. October 2019. Web https://www.estheticapostle.com/the-shape-of-a-feeling -https://www.greenearts.org/no-nudes-no-sunsets-a-photography-exhibition-opens-august-11/ - Varalla, Adriana. "12th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival." /anarchistbookfair.net/sites/default/files/Anarko%20Lab%202018%20PRESS%20RELEASE.pdf - Neff, Esther Marveta. "New Genres at Living Arts Tulsa." Blog Post. 7 March. 2018. Web. -Neff, Esther Marveta. "Muscular Bonding." Blog Post. 25 Jan. 2018. Web -Bresnan, Debra, "Activating Perception - Nina A. Isabelle." MAD Kingston. May 2017. Web -"GALERII Eesti Performance'i Grupp Non Grata Esines New Yorgi Anarhismi Festivalil."Õhtuleht. N.p., 24 May 2017. Web. 26 May 2017. - Elissa Garay, "Kingston: Capital of Culture." Chronogram. March 2017: p. Print. - Mills Messner, Heather. "Featured Artist Nina Isabelle." Aife Media Fall/Winter 2016: p.22-23. Print - Josh, Ryder, and Rutigliano Dario. "ARTiculAction Art Review // Special Issue." Issuu. Articulaction Art Review, Jan. 2016. Web. - Rutigliano, Dario, and Josh Ryder. "Nina Isabelle." ARTiculAction Art Review Jan. 2016: 124-49. Print. - Isabelle, Nina A. "Fashion Trends." Goodlife Youth Journal 5.1 (2016): p.20. Print. - George, James. "Nina Isabelle at Falls Church Arts, Bold & Bright." Arlington Art Examiner. 2014. Web. - Malcolm, Timothy. "Stumps For The Outsider." Record Online. Times Herald-Record, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. - Gussin, Bruce. "If It Isn't Not Broken Don't Unfix It." Blog post. Life and How to Live It. 5 Dec. 2010. Web. ​ ​ Residency 2006 Artist in Residence, Gunnison Art Center Summer Residency Program, Gunnison, CO ​ Workshops 2018 Movement Metaphors Time Traveling Workshop, Healing + Art / Radical Domesticity, Kingston, NY 2017 Experimental Archery & Mark Making, Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 Metaphors of Movement, Body Systems, Disease, and Society, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2015 The Silent Mass Generator Workshop with Clara Diamond, GES Archive 411 Studio, Kingston, NY Teaching 2014-2016 Photography, Hudson Valley Sudbury School Photography CO-OP, Kingston, NY 2016 Art History & Ideas, HVSS Art History CO-OP, Kingston, NY 2016 Introduction to Digital Photography, The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2003-2006 Modern Dance, Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2006 Oil Painting Workshop, Crested Butte Center of the Arts, Crested Butte, CO 2006 Oil Painting Workshop, Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 1988-1990 Kids Photography and Dark Room, Woodward Camp, Woodward, PA ​ ​ References -https://cmany.org/blog/view/5-minutes-artist-nina-isabelle/ -Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Danny Potocki. "E-talk with Nina A. Isabelle." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2020. Web. 22 Dec. 2020. - anarchistbookfair.net -https://www.greenearts.org/no-nudes-no-sunsets-a-photography-exhibition http://www.greenearts.org/patricia-fields-artfashion-show-comes-to-catskill/ https://madkingston.org/2017/05/09/nina-a-isabelle/ http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9bbde55ac06fd4ebf2c0424ae&id=ef278b43c7 http://bangkokundergroundcinema.com/day-3-bridge/ https://justsituations.wordpress.com/ http://www.ivcastellanos.com/feminist-art-group/ http://romansusan.org/following/all/romansusan.org/Property https://madkingston.org/reframed-ritual-nina-isabelle-3715/ https://www.timeout.com/san-diego/things-to-do/the-dead-are-not-quiet-and-the-haunted-art-of-t-jefferson-carey http://artisbeing.com/blog/2016/9/28/san-diego-art-institute-the-dead-are-not-quiet-gallery-exhibiton https://greenkill.org/2016/10/12/nina-isabelle/ http://www.artlifekingston.com/blank-e19y5 http://cicamuseum.com/artist-and-location/ http://www.jennidachase.com/2016/09/21/sn-participates-in-the-cica-artist-location-exhibition-in-gyeonggi-do-korea/ ​ Out of gallery

  • PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE SCULPTURE | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE GIANT WOODEN STAKE FOR DESTROYING PSYCHIC VAMPIRES Out of gallery Inspired by Dion Fortune's Psychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack published in 1930, I carved an 11' wooden stake from a white pine tree removed from my property and designed a welded steel foundation to support and direct its potential in a specific way. There was a nearly dead forty-five foot tall white pine tree on my property that I needed to remove because it was next to a home with a newborn. I was overwhelmed by its potential for destruction as well as the terror at having to take responsibility. I feared it might smash a building or kill someone but I felt frozen to take action. Normally, I figure out a way to do things myself, but in this case I knew I had no ability to take down such a tree and I was having trouble finding a tree service who was able to schedule the job during the pandemic. I was also paralyzed by the thought of the expense. I wanted to run away, but knew I had to transform my fear and helplessness. I had the idea to approach the problem as an art project as a way to reconnect with my boldness and to remember the feeling of embodying initiative. Once I realized that I could apply methods from my art practice to this life circumstance, art became my teacher, and I began to hear the tree speaking to me saying "Look at me, I'm a giant wooden stake and I want to help you!" At the same time, I was rereading Dion Fortune's book Psychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack published in 1930 where she discusses the literal manifestation of vampiric energies and vampires themselves as people, circumstances, experiences, and entities that deplete us for their own gain. I had read the book as a young person and was now surprised to realize how her description of this system had maintained its relevance and how it paralleled the language of healthy boundaries as discussed in contemporary psychology. Vampiric energies accumulate through life experiences and interactions with other people and entities who intentionally or not connect their psyche to us. Unhealthy past relationships, traumas, and global events like the pandemic have the potential to develop longterm harmful effects on our beings and we need to develop tools to combat this dynamic. Thinking and working this way is one way art processes can help us. I designed, built, and activated the tree into a large healing tool sculpture that can neutralize the effects of psychic vampirism and other unhealthy energetic connections that impact our wellbeing. To start, I stripped the bark off of an eleven-foot length of the white pine and my son helped me with his chainsaw to carve one end into a sharp point. The base is a prism made of two welded steel equilateral triangle structures that elevate and position the point of the sculpture directly at heart level maximizing its power to blast away the psychic and etheric connections one inadvertently accumulates throughout life. The sculpture is a giant cleansing machine. It targets etheric and energetic fields and tethers that become attached to ones outer bodies over time. It's meant to cleanse the outer bodies by obliterating unhealthy energies and connections, prohibit vampiric energies from sinking their fangs into the many dimensions of our psychic, physical, mental and emotional spheres, and to destroy the parasitic relationship dynamic vampires establish and maintain with our physical host bodies against our will and awareness. The sculpture is interactive. People were invited to stand in front of it, connect with its design, and have their own healing experience. ​ ​ MAY 1 - 29, 2021 ART/LIFE INSTITUTE 185 ABEEL ST. KINGSTON, NY ​ ​ OPENING MAY 1st 6:PM - 9:PM MID-MONTH RECEPTION - MAY 15th 6:PM - 9:PM CLOSING EVENT MAY 29th - 6:PM - 6:PM ​ ​

  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Kingston, NY

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE DECEMBER 2020 - GIANT WOODEN STAKE FOR KILLING ENERGETIC VAMPIRES IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME WITH IV CASTELLANOS PARA\\EL PERFORMANCE SPACE FEBRUARY 2021 WHAT THE BODY KNOWS AUGUST 2020 MOSS ROCK CAGE APRIL 2020 TEN THOUSAND OBJECTIVES MARCH 2020 INTERVIEW BY LINDA MARY MONTANO FEBRUARY 2020 VOICES & CHOICES - THE EAR - BROOKLYN, NY AUGUST 2019 REMARKABLE NEW LOCATIONS - CX SILVER GALLERY - BRATTLEBORO, VT JUNE 2019 ILLUMINATING INTANGIBLES - PARA\\EL PERFORMANCE SPACE - BROOKLYN MARCH 2019 SHAPE OF A FEELING 2018-PRESENT SEEMRIPPER - ELIZABETH FOUNDATION - NYC OCTOBER 2018 LANDLINES - CX SILVER GALLERY - BRATTLEBORO, VT AUGUST 2018 WE CAN'T TELL WHAT WE'RE DOING - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY AUGUST 2018 NEW SITUATIONS - THREE PHASE CENTER - STONE RIDGE, NY JUNE 2018 WHISTLE PORTRAITS - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY JUNE 2018 FORCE YOURSELF TO BE GOOD - PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB - BROOKLYN, NY MAY 2018 CITIZEN PARTICIPATION WITH FEMINIST ART GROUP AT ABC NO RIO / BULLET SPACE IN NYC MAY 2018 HYMN WARP TRANSDUCER AT BEDSTOCK - NINE HERKIMER IN BROOKLYN APRIL 2018 PIANO PORTRAITS - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY FEBRUARY 2018 BEAST CONJURING - MOTHERSHIP - WOODSTOCK, NY JANUARY 2018 VIDEO MANIFESTATION SYSTEM - RELEASED BY HUMAN TRASH DUMP NOVEMBER 2017 VIDEO MANIFESTATION SYSTEM USER ARCHIVE NOVEMBER 2017 BLACK BEDROOM - HOLLAND TUNNEL GALLERY - BROOKLYN, NY OCTOBER 2017 FEMINIST ART GROUP AT OLD GLENFORD CHURCH STUDIO - GLENFORD, NY SEPTEMBER 2017 SHIRT FACTORY CENTENIAL - KINGSTON, NY SEPTEMBER 2017 Out of gallery

  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Perception Management

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT LAMP FEBRUARY 2017 Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization." SALIENT MEMORY MANIPULATING PENDANT Hanging Light Sculpture: Using neon plexiglas, colored lights, and fabric, the Salient Memory Manipulating Pendant Lamp alters the psychic terrain of interior design, creating, building upon, and forcing suggested memory implants of a "magical childhood," and "parental idolization."

  • Nina A. Isabelle // The Pain Project

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE PAIN PROJECT MARCH 2015 The Pain Project revisits eight physical injuries and is meant as an exploration of where pain is held in the physical body and how it changes with time. Each piece was made by applying paint to paper using the affected body parts. 3rd Metacarpal of Left Hand , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Broken 3rd Metacarpal of Lett Hand: When I was in 3rd grade I broke the 3rd metacarpal on my left hand doing a back-handspring on the trampoline at The Nittany Gymnastics School in State College, PA. Initially I thought that I had just cracked my knuckle in a painful way but later that day when I was asked by my instructor to do a glide kip on the bars I noticed that there was a sharp pain in my hand. My instructor assumed that I was lying in order to get out of class. I felt conflicted by her accusation, so I tried to swing from the bars again but it was still painful. Was I imagining it? Maybe I just hated doing gymnastics? I began to question my perception of pain within my physical body, I couldn’t tell if I was hurt. That night I told my Mom that I thought I had hurt my hand. She said she would take me to have an x-ray in the morning, but my Dad told her it was not broken, there wasn’t enough swelling, to leave me alone and it would be fine. They fought about it but she took me anyway and it turned out to be broken. They wrapped it up with a plaster cast. Frontalis Bone , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Multiple Concussions: Due to skateboarding and snowboarding I have been knocked unconscious several times. Once I hung up and fell to my head on a mini-ramp and was knocked out for several seconds. When I opened my eyes a man who was there said “Don’t move, I’m going to get your Dad.” I didn’t move. When the man came back he said, “Your Dad says to get up, that you’ll be fine.” The first time I dropped in on a vert ramp everyone told me, “Make sure you lean forward!” I dove from the top of the 12 foot ramp to the bottom, landing head first. I felt dizzy and was giddy but thought it would be a good idea if I tried again. Everyone was yelling “just sit down, don’t get up!” I tried again. On the way home I felt nauseous, my friend had to drive, I threw up on the side of the road. The worst time was when I dropped in on an 7 foot quarter pipe that went onto an asphalt street course. My wheel ran into a piece of gravel and it caused my board to stop rolling, I fell right onto the front of my head. Right in my hairline, directly above my right eye, a large lump instantly grew straight out of my skull, like when cartoon characters get hit with a bat. I had a lump that was as tall as a spool of thread sticking straight out of my head, like a horn! I couldn’t stop laughing, time was distorted, I was delirious. The person I was with took me to the E.R. I had a concussion, they said to wake me up every two hours. The lump turned to dark colors, and then eventually drained into both my eye sockets. I had two black eyes, like a raccoon. I was in Art school at the time, my painting teacher took me aside and asked if I was experiencing domestic violence, he was convinced that my boyfriend was beating me, I couldn’t stop laughing. My skull is indented in that spot. To this day If I touch it with my finger my heart starts racing and my throat clenches shut and it becomes hard to breath. Right Hip , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Multiple contusions on right thigh, inferior lateral aspect of the greater trochanter of femur : At age 14 I was doing a balance beam trick called a Gainer Layout Step, where you sort of fling yourself up in the air and do a no-handed flip and land on one foot. I missed my landing foot and landed on the lateral aspect of my thigh resulting in a giant black and blue mark. Shortly after that I was required to have a physical for school, the nurses saw my bruises and asked if I “had a happy home life.” They sent me to the school counselor who asked me if I drank or used drugs or if I had been exposed to domestic violence. She didn’t believe my answer, that I had “fallen off a balance beam.” Many years later, I was doing a 50/50 grind around a bowl corner on my skateboard, and when I went to go back in my back trucks hung up on the coping, causing me to slam into the bottom of the 5 foot deep bowl with full force, directly onto my right hip. It swelled up instantly, looking like an enormous raspberry scone stuck to my thigh. Blood and yellow fluid began to push out of my pores and flow down my leg. I’d wake up with the bed sheets stuck to my thigh each night, eventually there was a scab the size of my entire hand. My thigh was swollen fat and wiggly like it was full of jello. I couldn’t put on pants and had to wear skirts for weeks, I had an unbelievably huge and disgusting scabby, black-and-blue thigh. To this day, over 20 years later, I still have a lump of scar tissue the size of a small lemon inside my lateral thigh. It is still surprisingly painful to touch. I call it my “perma-bruise.” Lateral Malleolus of Right Fibula , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Undiscovered Broken Lateral Malleolus of the Right Fibula : I had sprained my right ankle several times doing gymnastics, it usually took 3-4 week to feel completely better. The usual protocol involved sticking my foot in a bucket of ice water several times a day, continuing to try to walk on it so that I wouldn’t loose mobility, and wrapping it tightly with athletic tape so that I could get back to training as soon as possible. I had been through this injury several times. When I was 15 I took up skateboarding instead of gymnastics. One time I dropped in off of a ledge that went to a bank and my front right foot rolled under. I wound up landing on top of my crumpled foot with all of my weight from several feet in the air. It was so painful, I was frozen and unable to make a sound or move. Nobody in the crowded building recognized that I was injured. I slowly and quietly moved myself across the concrete floor toward the exit and crawled on one knee with my ankle in the air, very delicately and smoothly, down the hill to where the athletic trainers were. They looked at my ankle and said I would need to get an x-ray, then I was given a ride home. I called my Dad, who said “No, you don’t need an x-ray, it’s probably just a bad sprain, just ice it.” 4 weeks had gone by and I was still not able to put much weight on my foot. I kept trying to walk normally, and just wrapped it up tightly with athletic tape. It was over 2 months before I could walk without pain. My boss and other people implied that I was faking an injury for special attention, so I made a point to conceal my pain. When I was 36 I sprained my ankle again while bouldering. I had it x-rayed and they said, “It’s not broken now, but we can see where it has been broken previously in several places.” My ankle has never recovered from this, it is extremely sensitive and I can’t allow anything to touch it, the lightest tap makes me yelp. Dragging it across the paper for this project was excruciating, I almost cried. This injury is 18 years old and has not left my body yet. Occipital Bone , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Bad Neck Injury: I’m not sure what happened to my neck. I over-rotated a double back flip on the trampoline and was about to land on the back of my head. My friend dove toward me to stop my rotation before I landed but his fist wound up right in the back of my neck when I landed with my feet crumpling over the top of my body. My entire head and neck were tingling and making crackling sounds, it felt like fluid had been blasted up my nose. I crawled off the trampoline and took myself home. I took some Advil, put a bag of frozen peas on my neck and tried to sleep. I couldn't move for days, the phone had been ringing but I couldn't get to it. I finally crawled to the kitchen 2 days later to eat, but wound up on the floor in pain. I made an appointment with a chiropractor but he needed to see an x-ray. I didn't have insurance so I just waited for it to get better. I have a lump the size of a walnut at base of my occipital bone on my right side. It hasn’t gone away yet, sometimes I have sharp, shooting pains if I turn my head a certain way. Contusions on Lungs , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Contusions on Lungs, Cracked Tooth: When I was 16 I was snowboarding on an icy slope with my friend. Something happened and I wound up in the air face-first and landed on my chest and face. I knocked the wind out of myself and banged the front of my face and head onto the ice. I started laughing really hard, blood gurgled up from my throat and sprayed onto the snow, then I spat a tooth into my mitten, I couldn’t stop laughing. My friend asked if I was okay and I couldn’t stop laughing, I said that I was okay, but he took me to the hospital. They x-rayed my lungs because of the blood coming out of my throat, it had a contusion. The next day I went to the dentist and he made me a new tooth out of putty, I still have it. Lateral Deltoid 44x36, tempera paint on paper Separated Right Shoulder: When I was 16 I was skateboarding on a 5 foot mini ramp inside of a metal building near my home. My back trucks hung up on the coping and I fell to the flat bottom landing on my shoulder. I tried to leave the building but couldn't open the door because I needed to hold my right arm onto my body with my left arm. I tried for a while to open the door with my foot, or to unlatch and slide the barn doors open with my legs. Eventually I managed to open the door and walked home. My parents were upset with me for being late for dinner. My Dad gave me a sling for my arm, and we tied my arm to my torso for several days until it tightened back onto my body. Sacrum / Coccyx , 44x36, tempera paint on paper Possible broken or subluxed coccyx or sacrum: My skateboard slid out from under me and I landed on my tail bone on a metal pipe. I was able to get home and go to bed. In the morning I was in so much pain, I couldn't stand upright. I walked slowly, bent over all the way, to the bathroom, then back to my bed. My parents didn’t know I was hurt. They kept yelling for me to “Make sure you don’t miss dinner at camp, we don’t have any food at the house!” I couldn’t get out of bed, I was so hungry. I never saw a doctor.

  • Roman Susan // PROPERTY // RPWRHS // Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... PROPERTY ROMAN SUSAN & ROGERS PARK / WEST RIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY APRIL 1, 2017 TELLERS I The women and girls from St. Henry's First Communion at 6235 N Hoyne Ave predict the future of the Devon Bank at 6445 N Western Avenue. 20x30 NINA A. ISABELLE February 2017 TELLERS II The women and girls from St. Henry's First Communion at 6235 N Hoyne Ave predict the future of the Devon Bank at 6445 N Western Avenue. 20x30 NINA A. ISABELLE February 2017 ALONG THE WAY Streicher and friends have been displaced. Transported by a drunken maritime time traveling expedition, the three men find themselves near the Chicago surface line sign at 2100 W Touhy Avenue. Peter Van Iderstein's boat, launched at at Greenleaf Avenue and Lake Michigan, has been repurposed as a time traveling vessel. NINA A. ISABELLE 20x30 February 2017 Roman Susan Art Foundation and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society will present a collaborative exhibit in Spring 2017 reflecting the way neighborhoods emerge and change as a result of land development. For this project, the Historical Society has placed 100 images from the Rogers Park/West Ridge photography archive into the creative commons. The exhibition will include repurposed and reimagined responses to the historical photographic archive. ​ View the full selection of images dating from 1870 to 2005 here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rpwrhs/sets/72157676302462950/ The selection of original images include photographs donated to the Historical Society from the collections of Leonard and Lillian Adler, Katherine Allen (née Dittmar), LeRoy Blommaert, Lillian M. Campbell, Ann Davis Dix, Gail Donovan, Paul and Jean Einsweiler, Fred Elisius, Dorothy Ferguson, Stephen C. Ferguson, Howard Frink, John Peter Geroulis, Ken Gustafson, Elizabeth Habman, Gladys Hoaglund (née Van Iderstein), Maryl Hook, Leslie Keeling (née Pollard), Anthony Kingman, James and Sally Kirkpatrick, Carmen Lara, Rasmus Larson, James C. McCabe, J. Curtis Mitchell, William Morton, Margaret Mary Muno, Marcella Polonsky, Jean R. Price, Sidney and Ann Rockin, Marie Roti (née Bornhofen), Richard Schaul, Grant Schmalgemeier, Marty Schmidt, Toni Sherman (née Albanese), George and Margot Striecher, Mel Thillens, Sr., Ceal Thinnes, Mary Thiry (née Mertens), Albert and Loretta Weimeskirch, Gerald Wester, John Winkin, the American Legion Rogers Park Post #108, Angel Guardian Orphanage, B'nai Zion Synagogue, George Buchanan Armstrong School of International Studies, Cook County Federal Savings & Loan, Devon Bank, Mundelein College (Loyola University Chicago), North Town Public Library, Rogers Park Women's Club, Philip Rogers School, RREEF Management Company, S&C Electric Company, St. Margaret Mary Archives, and Sullivan High School. ​ Tellers I The women and girls from St. Henry's First Communion at 6235 N Hoyne Ave predict the future of The Devon Bank at 6445 N Western Avenue. Tellers II The women and girls from St. Henry's First Communion at 6235 N Hoyne Ave predict the future of The Devon Bank at 6445 N Western Avenue. Along The Way Streicher and friends have been displaced. Transported by a drunken maritime time traveling expedition, the three men find themselves near the Chicago surface line sign at 2100 W Touhy Avenue. Peter Van Iderstein's boat, launched at at Greenleaf Avenue and Lake Michigan, has been repurposed as a time traveling vessel.

  • AARON PIERCE | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Aaron Pierce February 2017 ​ A: I am a graduate from Utah Valley University and I am writing a dissertation for the university's biannual Art History Symposium. The topic of discussion this year is Maximalism. I am particularly focusing on performance art as the contemporary medium that is reinventing museum spaces and engaging audiences by stimulating the senses more through music, dance, film, and painting combined. That is where your exhibit Animal Maximalism came to my attention. I am completely intrigued and enthralled by your performance art pieces and projects you have created. For this paper, I would love to have your view on performance art and Maximalism. I am interested in hearing some of your methods about performance art and Maximalism. It is rare in art history to be able to have contact with the artist, hence my excitement. If you do not mind sharing your opinion, I would like to know how you feel performance art engages audiences and pushes them to connect on a higher level to art? Also, why are we seeing a shift towards more performance art pieces in museums and galleries? I feel that audiences want to have a full sensory experience. How does Maximalist performance art achieve this better than other medium of art? ​ N: I practice a process of allowance where I let myself do what I want. This approach results in maximum data and action. By letting myself engage with an array of modalities I can generate multiple outcomes and possibilities. Because I'm not limited to any single mode of involvement, I'm free to use painting, performance, photography, or video or a mixture of modalities as I find necessary depending on my agenda and instinct. This suits my athletic, resourceful, and determined nature. ​ I approach performance art in the same way I would approach any other art modality- by paying close attention to gut instincts and psychic impressions in a process designed to override cerebral programming. The aim is always to align action with intention, and make note of the findings and outcome along the way. Performance art is a good choice when the concept I'm grappling with calls for a human body, action, or a narrative to actuate the outcome, especially literal concepts like worshiping the golden calf or using blood to cleanse things. My body can become a tool, a stand-in, or effigy of or for the viewer, creating a point of commonality to facilitate access. Aligning action with intention is also a way to re-frame ritual and an attempt to validate the effectiveness of approaches historically relegated to realms of religious structures and beliefs. I was recently invited to teach an art theory class for kids at The Hudson Valley Sudbury School. Through our discussions it emerged that the students felt most drawn to art practices and outcomes that suited the nature, mentality, and necessity of the individual artist. For instance they could relate to how Chuck Close became successful at painting faces as a result of his lifelong struggle with a facial recognition disorder. In reflecting on my personal method it occurs to me that my mode of operation is dictated by my nature, I didn't choose to function within the Maximalism approach and philosophy, it's just that the philosophy happens to align with my nature. I'm a serial over-doer of all things who relishes the opportunity to push things too far. My work is reactionary because I'm a reactionary person. For instance the first time I encountered minimalism I was ready to explode in a thousand directions. And, as an art student I couldn't help but challenge typical art professor's slogans such as "You have to know when to stop." Of course I could recognized the academically dictated stopping point but I would never in a million years stop there. I've always felt that learning how to challenge, push, or destroy something is a valid study when handled respectfully and with intention. ​ Performance art is an another mode of operating for artists to use in order to find or generate new information, to experiment with creating new experiences, or to try to express something they otherwise couldn't. It can engage the viewer in an intimate way offering the potential to build powerful experiences as it facilitates a space that can involve and include the viewer in a novel physical or psychic way. It's possible that since performance art inhabits walking space where gallery-goers would otherwise be moving about, a psychic connection is created by sharing the same space. As viewers, we know less about what it would be like to hang motionless on a wall. Performance art offers a platform for artists to practice aligning action with intention, a way to possibly re-frame ritual and to build experimental new models for of control or power to replace outmoded religious structures and beliefs. But also, It's possible the performance art trend might be a way for artists to backhandedly confront consumerism and elitism simultaneously, or at least to create the illusion of doing so. Commercial galleries and academic environments can be market driven or exclusive, but performance art has the ability to dissolve those traditional notions and to expand viewership by engaging broader mentalities in a way that would be difficult for strictly visual work focused on heady concepts or dollar amounts. And since we live in a culture of visual bombardment, where viewer's digitally conditioned eyes and minds are increasingly savvy, and in conjunction with consumer programming, we need something that can function both inside of and outside of commercial gallery and academic paradigms. There is a literal dissolution of boundaries. Since performance art is impervious to ownership and commodification, it pushes against market-driven capitalist structures and challenges a system where finances determine success. Issues of marketability, ownership, or commodity all come into play because its difficult to financially capitalize off of performance art. So, maybe it's like most trends- timely and culturally necessity. ​ I developed the Animal Maximalism exhibition concept as a way to bombard the human sensory input manifold with the intention of revealing cloaked information. I use the word "Animal" as an homage to instinct. For me academia operated through reversal, fueling my defiance more than refining me the way school is supposed to, so part of my mission has always been to build legitimate framework for us animals, one that is less cage-like, and Maximalism is a good framework for that agenda. I try to work within and build upon systems that already exist that might reflect and support my authentic nature, and to allow my work to reflect and be a response to the full spectrum of my body's biologic manifestation of its own history within its cultural environment. Maximalism feels like science-fiction, in that it offers the potential for system building where the inward personal landscape can travel all the way outward through the giant jumbled experience of collective household, community, country, and planetary psychic connections. Maybe performance offers an easier access point to the viewer in that we can all relate to each other as humans who are human shaped and have human form. We all share common ways of moving our human forms through space. It's possible that performance could function to create a portal, like a way out or a way in.

  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Q: Entity

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Q:ENTITY Performed at Panoply Performance Lab on April 23, 2016 by Nina Isabelle and Clara Diamond Photos by Geraldo Mercado & Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory APRIL 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle S1950155 Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle S1950125 Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle S1950173 Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle S1950169 Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle S1950132 Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Brian McCorkle Q:Informaticus at PPL Q: Informaticus Panoply Performance Laboratory April 23, 2016 Nina Isabelle & Clara Diamond Photo: Geraldo Mercado 1/2 This project aimed to locate new information and vantages through allowing a process that seeks and acknowledges the emergence of scientifically unverifiable perceptive experiences that result in useful information. Through building awareness of alternative forms of perception and by implementing unusual sensory input modalities, such as ritual, breath, Hz, cryptography, pseudo-algebra, dowsing, the concept of The Q: Entity emerged and “Q” became understood as a unit of measurement expressing a quantifiable amount of information that might result in an equation intended to facilitate a circular energy exchange between The Q: Entity and its constituents. A Silent Mass Generator Workshop was held on November 7, 2015 and the public interacted with the physical mass inside of a fabricated soundscape designed by the artists, in collaboration with experimental musician Christina Diamond, to loop through electronic frequencies correlating to the physical body chakra system as an electronic gong wash activating the complete chakra system fourty-six times. By the hands-on manipulation of the donated material for a span of five hours and fourty-four minutes, the ephemeral energies of participants were interwoven into The Q: Entity. A performance on Saturday November 21, 2015 aimed to build connections with constituents by transmitting unsubstantiated and unrecognizable forms of energetic information. THE Q:ENTITY THE LINDA MARY MONTANO ART/LIFE INSTITUTE KINGSTON ​ NOVEMBER 21, 2015 Q:Informaticus, a division of The Q:Entity Corporation, is designed to generate constituents as information receptacles programmed to solve unreal and/or otherworldly problems. Q:Informaticus directs functional information along proper dispersal channels activating the psychic conduits of multiple physical bodies. Activation originates at the coccyx and rises through the spine while keeping operational residence within the instinctive functioning portions of the guts, heart, and brain meat, matter, fluid, and circuitry using complex interlaced bacteria and neuroelectric pathways programmed to transmit and receive local and non-local information. The sensory input perception manifolds within all programmed constituents will evolve and transform comfortably to reduce validation of information received through the physical portals known as eyeballs, tongue, ears, and skin. Alternative modalities of perception will be established and activated. Q:Informaticus: for people who want to solve unreal and / or otherworldly problems. There are few career paths, be it scientific research, business, design, medicine, the fine arts, or telecommunications, in which Q won't play an important part of your work. Healthcare specialists use Q records to help diagnose disease and discover new ways of treating patients. Advertising firms use Q data to create visualizations of customer behavior. Environmental scientists compile big Q data to track the impact of climate change. Smartphones are awash with Q apps that can do everything from pay your bills to find the next band you might like. All of those applications and much more are Q: informaticus in action putting Q to work to solve complex problems. Utilizing Q: informaticus to study Q technology impacts academic disciplines in the science, arts, medicine, business, and telecommunications fields. Q is also one of the fastest growing fields in technology, and the demand is high. Last year alone, 88 percent of Q: informaticus constituents secured full-time employment within six months. Among students holding Master's degrees or a Ph.D., 98 percent accepted employment within six months of graduation. In a world of stagnating salaries, Q: informaticus constituents also enjoy an average salary. Q:Informaticus lays out a bright, flexible, structural path to a future and imparts valuable real-world experience and works side-by-side with some of the most innovative thinkers in the field. Q: informaticus prepares, excites, severs programming, technologizes, and generates futures. THE SILENT MASS GENERATOR WORKSHOP GES #411 ARCHIVE SPACE ​ NOVEMBER 6, 2015 The Silent Mass Generator Workshop incorporated the public to assemble, build and incorporate physical mass within an experimental simulated mindfulness environment. The duration of the workshop spanned 5 hours and 44 minutes inside of The Grace Exhibition Space Shirt Factory Studio #411. There was no speaking, eating, or drinking. Participation was not required, participants were free to come and go, or stay for a portion of the workshop. The workshop was designed to distract the subconscious mind by the tedium of cutting, ripping, and tying material to form long strands in order to facilitate the entry into a mindful, meditative, psychic space. The project explored the development and agenda of interwoven notions of communal beliefs, material dynamics, possibilities of non-linear physical travel implied through numbers expressing location using longitude and latitude, the metaphor of breath in relation to inspiration and language styles expressing give-and-take or push/pull communication patterns, the articulation of verbal concepts in relation to the movement between ball-and-socket joints such as the hips and shoulders during the birthing-process, as well as the documentation of scientifically unsubstantiated effects of focused intention and ritual action in non-physical reality such as memory, deja-vu, and other phenomena of psychic imprint. An experimental soundscape designed with Christina Amelia Diamond acted as an electronic gong wash intended to initiate 23 cycles of ordered energetic body activation using specific Hz. Other auditory Information within the noise composition was generated by The Entity. Speaking was disallowed at The Silent Mass Generator Workshop. The Entity thanks Jeanie Antonelle, Undine Brod, Leonard Fujiyama, Hillary Harvey, Mor Pipman, and Christina Varga for their contribution of materials. more info. CALL FOR MATERIAL DONATIONS ​ SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 The Entity seeks donations of scrap, waste, or unsellable materials such as fabric cut-offs, twine, rolled or spooled material, rope, ribbon, thread, or anything that is in long strands or could be cut and tied to form long strands. The nature of the project has lead to the present development of an official CALL FOR DONATED MATERIALS. The Entity also seeks donations of traditional artist’s materials as well as non-toxic industrial materials which might be repurposed. The upcoming phase of the project includes an opportunity for community participation with an interactive component in the form of a silent workshop intended to build physical mass through the hands-on manipulation of donated material. The workshop will be free and open to the public. FEEDING THE ENTITY ​ MARCH 2015 Feeding The Entity explores the development and agenda of interwoven notions of communal beliefs, material dynamics, possibilities of non-linear physical travel implied through numbers expressing location using longitude and latitude, the metaphor of breath in relation to inspiration and language styles expressing give-and-take or push/pull communication patterns, the articulation of verbal concepts in relation to the movement between ball-and-socket joints such as the hips and shoulders during the birthing-process, as well as the documentation of scientifically unsubstantiated effects of focused intention and ritual action in non-physical reality such as memory, deja-vu, and other phenomena of psychic imprint.

  • HiLo Catskill / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Nina Isabelle Opening at HiLo CATSKILL, NY ​ MAY 2017 Nina Isabelle, with her signature gusto, will be presenting an evening of intrigue, education, and hullabaloo. Arm wrestling, The Overconfident Autodidact (performed by Erik Hokanson,) a tea party performance by Valerie Sharp, a public interview with the questioner another performance artist (Matthew Gioia,) and two documentary screenings- The Eucharist Machine and Time Travel Research Documentary.. Nina Isabelle's installation will be at HiLo from now until June 5. It can be viewed M-F 7am-2pm and Sat & Sun 9am - 4pm until May 3rd after which time the hours will be M-Tu 7-2, W-Th 7 -4, Fri 7am-12am, Sat 7-12am, Sun 9am - 10pm Out of gallery

  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Trauma Trap

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... LOCATIONAL TRAUMA TRANSFORM JUNE 23, 2016 The Locational Trauma Transforming Trap was constructed by Neva & Nina Isabelle as an action to align with the intention of absorbing and transforming physical trauma such as broken bones, head injury, and the visual implant of witnessing blood as well as emotional and physical damage to the bodies and psyches of friends and family. A handwoven trauma trap was constructed using black silk. Coated with gymnastics chalk, The Trauma Trap was used to absorb and transform trauma located at 40.8987° N, 77.3561° W. The contaminated trap was then hand washed in a mountain spring in order do dislodge the traumas from multiple physical geographic and bodily locations. One participant reports that the best tricks she learned in Gymnastics was "how to not feel pain."

  • CONTACT | nina-isabelle

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  • THE EUCHARIST MACHINE / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE EUCHARIST MACHINE BANGKOK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL BANGKOK, THAILAND / MARCH , 2017 English with Thai subtitles Thai with English subtitles Inspired by Chris Lehmann’s book The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of The American Dream, The Eucharist Machine addresses language, perception, and belief. In The Eucharist Machine, information is skewed by a presentation of jumbled non-linear facts and fiction, science, pseudoscience, and science fiction. Inaccurate grammar and linguistics push the concept even further by incorporating the cockamayme Thai / English subtitles and voice-overs produced by Google Translate and Apple’s Text To Speech system preference in a process that reverse-legitimizes the information. The Eucharist Machine is what happens when the under informed articulate with high-tech features. Information lost in translation becomes a sort of up-cycled spirituality; a futuristic projection of possible renewal of the crumbling dialogue between spirituality, commodity, and financial value. The Eucharist Machine takes a serious, culturally backwards, multigenerational look at what it means to be sanctified. เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทเป็นหนังสั้นที่เขียนกำกับและแก้ไขโดยศิลปินนานาชาติ Nina อิสซาเบล แรงบันดาลใจจากหนังสือของคริสมาห์ของเงินลัทธิ: ทุนนิยมคริสต์และ Unmaking ของความฝันอเมริกันภาษาอยู่เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทการรับรู้และความเชื่อ ในศีลมหาสนิทเครื่องข้อมูลจะถูกบิดเบือนโดยการนำเสนอข้อเท็จจริงที่คลั่งไคล้ที่ไม่ใช่เชิงเส้นและนิยายวิทยาศาสตร์ pseudoscience และนิยายวิทยาศาสตร์ ไวยากรณ์ไม่ถูกต้องและภาษาศาสตร์ผลักดันแนวคิดให้ดียิ่งขึ้นโดยผสมผสาน cockamayme คำบรรยายภาษาไทย / ภาษาอังกฤษและเสียงพากย์ผลิตโดย Google Translate และข้อความของ Apple เพื่อการตั้งค่าระบบเสียงพูดในกระบวนการที่ย้อนกลับ legitimizes ข้อมูล เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทเป็นสิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นเมื่ออยู่ภายใต้แจ้งปล้องที่มีคุณสมบัติที่มีเทคโนโลยีสูง ข้อมูล Lost in Translation กลายเป็นจัดเรียงของขึ้นกรณืจิตวิญญาณ; การฉายอนาคตของการต่ออายุเป็นไปได้ของการเจรจาบี้ระหว่างจิตวิญญาณสินค้าโภคภัณฑ์และความคุ้มค่าทางการเงิน ศีลมหาสนิทเครื่องยิงร้ายแรงวัฒนธรรมย้อนหลังดูหลายรุ่นว่ามันหมายถึงความบริสุทธิ์

  • Nina A. Isabelle // The Random Community Generator

    Nina Isabelle HOME PROJECTS ABOUT THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... RCG1-1 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-2 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-3 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-4 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-5 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-6 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-7 RCG1-8 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-9 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-10 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-11 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-12 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-13 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-14 18x26, oil on canvas RCG1-15 18x26, oil on canvas The Random Community Generator February 24, 2014 by Matthew Gioia The Random Community Generator is an interactive project designed to generate a random community of 15 people who, by either purchasing or bartering for one of the pieces in the series, agree to become acquainted with the owners of the paintings which come before and after theirs in the series. The series is itself a “community” of 15 visceral and boldly colored 18x26 oil paintings. Energetic and defiantly opaque, the paintings contain aggressive elements which thrust themselves off the painted surface, longing for release into the third dimension. Discreet rivers and pockets of luminous color saturate the canvas beneath criss-crossing paths of uncertain trajectory. Yet despite their apparent abstraction, there is a creeping sense that the paintings are actually a concrete rendering of the vertiginous tumult of impulse, image, and ancient emotion that swirls just below the more or less ordered surface of human consciousness; the tumult which divides the world from our knowledge of it. Produced as one massive painting by hanging 15 canvases in a tight row and applying elements in a sequential manner from beginning to end, the series expresses varying degrees of chance and manipulation which interplay within each piece as well as throughout the collective whole. Thus, the paintings are separate yet inextricably linked by elements which move ecstatically across multiple canvases. Taken as a whole, the project is a map of a mind, which is - in the first and the last instance - communal, complex and messy, organized by the logic of dreams. The interactive component of the series is laid out as a social and interpersonal experiment designed to facilitate an examination of the perception of separateness and identity. First, the project asks, “can a randomly generated or accidental community be as meaningful - or even more meaningful than a community based on occupation, convenience, interest, or faith?" And then the Community Generating begins dealing in ideas, and tips into abstraction. By challenging our stagnant definitions of community, the project asks us to look at the division between our private and public life, between the kind of community we would most like to be a part of and the kind of community we actually create, and between the people we are, the people we think we are, and the people other people think we are. Indeed, the Random Community Generator, by its process of creation as much as by its experimental distribution plan, generates profound questions: is there any such thing as a distinct individual? What comprises a person? How do people overlap, echo, mirror, and create each other, consciously and otherwise? The paintings will disband, but could it ever be possible to really know any one of them without knowing the others?

  • MOCK THE CHASM | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... MOCK THE CHASM NOVEMBER 13, 2016 ​ ART/LIFE INSTITUTE KINGSTON Mock The Chasm was performed at The Art/Life Institute Kingston during Alex Chêllet and Jaime Emerson’s November 2016 Artists In Residency Night of Performance exhibition. Inspired by the 2016 presidential election, the performance aims to inspect the spiritual illusion between God and America and how it is used to warp the space between morality and finance. Actions include worshipping a golden calf, wrestling and subduing a life-sized victim, and a self-crucifixion. ​

  • ACTIVATING PERCEPTION | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ACTIVATING PERCEPTION - NINA A. ISABELLE MIDTOWN ARTS DISTRICT by Debra Bresnan May 10, 2017 ​ https://madkingston.org/2017/05/09/nina-a-isabelle/ ​ When did you first know you were an artist? Growing up people referred to me as an artist and so I became one – an experience that made me aware of the power of language, perception, belief, and social programming, all themes in my current work. It’s possible that if I had grown up in a different environment I might have been an engineer because as an artist I’m always working with how things like concepts of memory and phenomena articulate with visual and spatial perception, language, materials, and meaning and how to build generative dialogue between these factors. Where an engineer might work with materials, data, or electricity, as an artist I use a similar approach but with different variables. ​ Favorite medium(s) you use to make art? My favorite art medium is probably the phenomena of perception and how language builds reality. Right now my focus is on working to manipulate and bend notions surrounding the value and usefulness of art away from commodity and towards structures that represent essential and social value. Inside of this, working with painting I can still have an intention to study gesture, motion, and look for new languages that might emerge from this action and mark making or find new information in whatever emerges. I like to get my hands on chunks of materials like vats of clay, lumber, bolts of fabric, or discarded machine parts and sort of grapple with the stuff until it gives in to another form. Sometimes I might start out with an intention or give myself an assignment, but other times I let myself generate information by engaging with materials and paying close attention as I go. ​ Since I work pretty equally with photography, video, design, performance, installation, and painting, nothing is really off limits to me. I grew up at a summer camp for kids where we had an arts and crafts department with a ceramics studio, photo lab, leather tools, batik, enamels, silk screens, and fabric dye, among others. Nine months out of the year these departments were vacant and I really made the best of it – I learned to use the kiln and glazes by haphazardly blowing up and melting a lot of stuff, mixing chemistry by taste, a lot of other experimental and dangerous learning-by-doing that has carried over to my current approach. I never read instructions as a younger person because I couldn’t really read until I went to college. I’m rarely intimidated by new things, and I think that’s one of my favorite things about my development and approach. What are the most interesting new trends in your field? Is your work changing as a result? One of the most exciting things I notice right now is a shift toward recognizing the social value of art as a tool to reframe reality through community building, open sourcing ideas and data, and through things like artist collectives and working together with other artists and community members. In the art world, there are always these superficial fads like geometric shapes or graffiti, or some new trendy material, or something everyone is doing like such-and-such, but my work doesn’t usually wind up aligning itself with those sorts of cultural flows. I don’t usually find myself in trendy circles — something that has made it difficult to find a community but also has led me to the point where I am now. I recognize that, all along, my running mission has been to challenge outmoded institutional and economic systems that have grown regulated and insular and to work to build systems to replace these. Artists are always pressing hard against hierarchal structures like gender, race, and social class: It seems like the discord generated by our new political administration is influencing a lot of art thinking these days. ​ Talk about your creative process ­– where/when do you get most of your ideas and how do you know a piece is ‘finished’? My creative process is rooted pretty firmly in letting myself respond instinctively. One thing I often find myself doing is trying to destroy rosy notions that abound around creativity being “beautiful.” Being a person who has given birth to babies I recognize the mess, blood, and pain that goes along with creativity. I have a lot of ideas and mostly I choose to go with the ones that make me laugh about myself or our collective idiocy. I also like to work with themes that irk me such as fake systems of legitimization we use to determine success, such as university degrees, financial values and the gender and power imbalances that seem to perpetually skew the art world. ​ Making art objects like paintings and sculptures, and grappling with material and concepts together, I’ve questioned the point of it beyond decoration or commodity and have come to understand my process as a personal tool that lets me understand reality in a way that I can integrate. Working with materials and visual information puts me in touch with deeper threads of meaning, and nuances of life that fortify the tapestry. I’m drawn toward this way of working and thinking because there seems to be something I can’t quite say in writing or speaking, something linear language can’t quite get at. I don’t know what it is yet and that’s what keeps me engaged. ​ As far as recognizing when something is finished, I think it’s just a matter of paying attention to a subtle feeling of “doneness,” or arriving at a comfortable stopping point or a feeling of resolve – like I’ve figured something out or said what I meant to say. Sometimes a stopping point might never come because maybe I’ve gone down on a dead-end path. I have a lot of projects in limbo because they’ve become overwhelming or I’ve lost interest, things I can always get back to at any point. And, in a quantum way, things can never be finished because time isn’t linear and there’s no such thing as an end point. ​ Do you also teach or are you strictly a creative artist? Who was your most influential mentor and why? How do you see the role of being a mentor? and why? In the past, I’ve taught art classes like photography, modern dance, and painting or movement workshops. There is always a technical entry point where students spend time learning about say, the camera machine, visual mechanics, basic movement patterns, or just becoming familiar with materials, and this can be a fun and engaging way for people to come together. But I always want to move further into dialogue about how the usefulness of these art tools and practices can be more than a fun pastime or therapeutic hobby. Art offers invaluable ways to shift perception and find new vantage points. As an artist, I collaborate with others in several capacities that seem more like mutual mentorship, where we share and build upon each other’s momentum and concepts. I’m not sure that I’ve ever fit the part of strictly a mentor to another, but I do recognize people who’ve inspired me. I had a couple high school teachers who helped me to evade attendance, something that in a typical case might not sound helpful, but I really recognize and value people who have taken risks in order to do the right thing morally. School is not a good place for all children. ​ I can’t say that I’ve ever had a strong relationship with an individual mentor, but something that intrigued me early on was finding and building obscure relationships between seemingly unrelated artists and their work. I remember wondering about Käthe Kollwitz’s Woman With Dead Child in relationship to Henry Moore’s sculptures and sheep sketchbook, and Jim Dine’s Robes. Somehow the similar volume expressed in these works was curious to me, possibly as a subconscious desire to connect the physical form of my body to their work because I’ve always been athletic. I was also intrigued by industrial design and how humans interact with tools and objects, especially mid-century chairs like the Eames Lounger and Bertoia’s designs as a framework for simultaneously supporting physical and thought forms together. So in a way, I’ve let this sense of wonder guide me. What are you working on now? For the past year, I’ve been working on a project called The Superfund Re-Visioning Project . It’s an experimental framework that aims to transform contaminated industrial sites recognized by The United States Government as Superfund Sites. In New York State there are 117 of these sites. I’m developing a project that aims to create a platform for artists and community members who might otherwise be marginalized by political and financial systems that typically deal with these sorts of remediation. ​ I’m also involved with an artist collective developed by IV Castellanos called The Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.) from Brooklyn, and plan to invite them to Kingston this summer for one of The Shirt Factory Open Studio events. Currently, I have a show at the new HiLo gallery space in Catskill and like to participate in local shows at The Old Glenford Church Studio . I think it’s great when things like The UNITY show curated by Sarah Carlson and Lisa Barnard Kelley between the artists at The Shirt Factory and The Lace Mill come together to fortify community connectedness. Upcoming, I have work being featured by The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain and plan to do something fun at Paul McMahon’s Mothership Gallery this fall. Recently my focus is moving into sound and auditory perception. I’ve become interested in digitally degraded sound snippets and obscuring auditory input to the point of noise in a way to find out what’s behind and within the experience of sound. ​ For more information about my work and listings of recent/current exhibitions, projects and collaborations, please visit www.ninaisabelle.com/cv . ​ How has being in Kingston enhanced/inspired your work? What do you like best about living in Kingston/being involved with MAD? How long have you been here? Kingston has a lot to offer artists and community members and is building momentum as an arts-branded district. Recently we’ve seen several exciting places pop up like David Schell’s Green Kill , Rilley Johndonnell’s Optimism concept, Broadway Arts , The Art/Life Institute on Abeel Street , and Kingston High School Art teacher Lara Giordano, who is exhibiting student work at PUGG on Broadway. The surrounding landscape is diverse and inspiring conceptually because of the Hudson River waterways, The Catskill Mountains, The Ashokan Reservoir, and the surrounding forests, hiking, and rail trails. The Mid-Hudson Library system is phenomenal, and it’s easy to travel back and forth to New York City from Kingston. It’s great to have artist studio spaces like The Shirt Factory and The Lace Mill which offer affordable living spaces for artists, and especially new organizations like MAD that are forming to support this new movement. ​

  • YARD WORK / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... YARD WORK (YARD STUDIO) HURLEY, NY / MAY 2017 Out of gallery

  • TIME TRAVEL RESEARCH / Panoply Performance Laboratory

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... TIME TRAVEL RESEARCH REPORT PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY BROOKLYN, NY / FEBRUARY 4, 2017 This video documents time travel research conducted at The Panoply Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY on February 4, 2017 and is part of Panoply Laboratory's ongoing research practice initiated in 2014 titled Embarrassed of the Whole. By distorting temporal local perceptions the practice facilitates quantum nonlocality and manipulates the phenomenon of local realism in order to solve for one variable question: "Affectionately to what affect affectively?" Lab Technicians - Kaia Gilje, Nina A. Isabelle, Brian McCorkle, and Esther Neff Soundscape - Brian McCorkle Participant Subjects - Amelia Iaia, IV Castellanos, Jon Konkol, and Alice Teeple Photography - Amelia Iaia, Alice Teeple, and Nina A. Isabelle Video documentation and editing - Nina A. Isabelle Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Alice Teeple Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Alice Teeple Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Alice Teeple Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia Time Machine Etow at PPL Embarrassed of the Whole Time Travel Research February 4, 2016 Panoply Performance Laboratory Photo: Amelia Iaia

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