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Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
Nona Inescu. Gommage. Archival print on Hahnemühle paper mounted on plywood plinth, sycamore tree bark flakes (painted), 2016
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Nona Inescu. Gommage. Archival print on Hahnemühle paper mounted on plywood plinth, sycamore tree bark flakes (painted), 2016.

Nona Inescu. Drawings from Caterpillars. Ink on paper, 2015.

Nona Inescu. Where Touch Begins, We Are. Single-channel HD video, 7'35", 2016. 

The series of three works seen here highlights the interrelation between nature and humans, with an emphasis on the actions performed by hands on natural elements and surfaces. Drawings from Caterpillars is a series of botanical drawings in which leaves featuring irregular holes and marks left by caterpillars or other types of ‘pests’ are used as templates for ink drawings. Gommage formulates an analogy between human skin enhancement treatments and the natural environment by emphasising the processes of exfoliation and moulting/ecdysis, in which animals routinely cast off parts of their bodies. These two works are linked by a third, the video Where Touch Begins, We Are, which presents an investigation of the tactile sense in a dystopian manner, and features sound by Chlorys and a voiceover text by Anne Carson (an excerpt from Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek). The video work assembles a collection of gestures on touch-sensitive surfaces ranging from natural examples, such as the plant Mimosa pudica, to touchscreens and memory foam.