Rema Hort Mann Foundation

Nikita Gale

My work is about relationships – physical relationships to objects (namely tools and technologies) and immaterial, intimate relationships that function on a psychological, interpersonal scale. I work across a variety mediums; however, much of my recent work (produced within the last year) has been video and sculpture installation.

I rely on the slippages and fluidity in the language I use to describe my practice because these slippages function like much of my work – terms like “object” and “reproduction” are of particular interest. An object is a physical form and it is also a psychological “form” (in its psychoanalytical definition). Reproduction is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology and the organic. The medium that best exemplifies this slipperiness is the human voice for its function as a vehicle for language but also because of its relationship to the body. My audio documentations of unscripted conversations or scripted essay-like writings generally serve as starting points for my recent video work. In my work, the personal is foundational.

What happens when the actions or expectations reserved for a physical relationship to an object are replicated or reproduced in the realm of the psychological? This is the primary question of my current practice. I use my work to hypothesize what happens when physical relationships and psychological relationships crash and coalesce through repetition and overlap, and I am interested in the subsequent mutations and new objects that are formed through this contact.