Visiting Artists & Critics Series: Nina Elder
April 4, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Nina Elder is interested in the visual evidence of land use in the American West and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. In the summer of 2014, Elder traveled from her home in New Mexico to visit the Kennecott millsite in eastern Alaska. Now a National Historic Landmark within the largest national park in North America, it was the site of one of the largest, richest, and most remote mines in the world. Through her project, Elder is researching the human and natural histories of Kennecott. She will process her findings through landscape painting and the concept of "solastagia" in a valley where piles of mine tailings juxtapose a glacier's natural lateral moraines.
Though Elder's work appears to primarily study industry, she regards it as a contemplation on people and their relationship to the land. In Kennecott, people mark time by the perceptible retreat of the glaciers and, lately, the repair of weathered mining buildings and ruins that have nearly come to feel like natural features in the landscape.
The UCCS Visiting Artists & Critics Series, which fosters understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue and critical conversations. Artists and scholars of national significance are invited to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus to present public lectures and meet with UCCS undergraduate students in classes and workshop settings. The Visiting Artists & Critics Series is a collaborative program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), UCCS Visual Arts and Art History (VAPA).