Painting deconstructed
 
2014, 60x80 cm, Mixed media on canvas
 
Naomi Middelmann
 
Naomi Middelmann’s work explores the question of personal identity and personal history and overall artistic conventions. She refuses to limit herself to a single artistic technique. Her work includes sculpture, installations, painting, collage and drawing.
 
Her latest work revolves around the theme  “Reclaim”.
 
Using her own paintings, Naomi Middelmann disassembles and then reassembles canvasses and frames in an exploration of  the relevancy of painting and artistic conventions.  
 
She has also transformed over 200 of her primary and secondary school notebooks and textbooks into sculptures and installations, creating seeds (up to 1.5m wide and high),  sticks and logs returning the paper to its natural state in attempt to explore the question of knowledge, the weight of history and the ambiguity of education both opening doors, but also demanding responsibility.  
 
Her work also includes wire metal life size figures, drawing, collage, and painting.
With her interest in the ambiguity of our perceptions, she is actively collaborating and designing research projects with various leading neuroscientists at top universities in the USA, Germany and Switzerland.  She will be presenting her work and creative process at a series of lectures and exhibit at the Brain Institute of Vanderbilt University, USA. Her work will also be featured on the cover of Neuropsychologia in June.
 
Born in Switzerland, Middelmann moved to New York in 1989. After earning a degree in Creative writing and International Relations from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, she worked in publishing in New York. In 2002, she moved back to Switzerland and studied first stained glass at the Ecole Supérieure de Création et de Vitrail in Monthey and then earned a visual art degree from the Visual Art School in Basel in 2009.
 
She is a member of the Swiss Artist Association, VISARTE and has exhibited in galleries in Switzerland, Europe and the USA.
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