5 Questions with Nina Archer
Q1: Why art?
For me, art has always been essential to my well-being either by experiencing it or creating it.
Q2: How much time do you spend in the studio per week?
We built a studio when we moved to the Shropshire hills in 2014, it has long views across the valley and is surrounded by forested hills – it’s a few yards from our house and is a wonderful space. I share this with my husband who is a wood carver and turner. I’m in the studio every day. There’s nowhere else I would rather be.
Q3: What motivates and drives your work?
I can’t imagine not painting – it’s what I do. That’s it.
Q4: What direction is your work heading now?
My recent work has been exploring how ancient structures sit in the landscape and how they evoke a sense of the figurative. I am constantly experimenting with new materials (to me at least) - sand, bitumen paint, marble dust etc but the work always retains a strong core drawing element and I feel happiest with a bit of charcoal and graphite in my hand.
Q5: What do you hope people see when they look at your paintings?
Abstract work can be complex and challenging to look at. I wouldn’t want to put limitations on how people look at the work and maybe the artist is not best placed to be objective about their own work because it is such a subjective process, but I hope people would recognise the strong, textural detail and composition in the paintings.