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Nelson, Val
Hall (Musee Nissim de Camondo)
2004

Hall (Musee Nissim de Camondo) is part of a series that focuses on motivations and expectations as filtered through the mindset of the traveller, entitled “You are Here”. The work is expressive and quick, descibing a grand foyer with an imperial staircase in a fine black ink drawing with white and red highlights. Nelson is said to have experienced Stendhal’s Syndrome; dizziness, panic, paranoia or madness caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts in too short time, during her travels. In light of this, she proposes that the best experiences are had when you have no expectations. She compliments this point of view by fragmenting her subjects and then reconstructing them. Her application of control and chance in her process mirrors both the planned and unpredictable paths of the traveller; the subjects she represents holding less importance than the manner of their rendering. Nelson’s depictions of these type of tourist sites deal with memory, loss, and the search for happiness.

 
Nelson, Val
born Port Alberni, British Columbia, 1960
Hall (Musee Nissim de Camondo)
2004
Mixed Media on paper
overall: 21.5 cm x 18.5 cm
Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 2007
50-017.05

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