Josefina Nelimarkka is an interdisciplinary artist working between Helsinki and London. She was born in 1982 in Helsinki, Finland and graduated M.A from the Royal College of Art in London and M.F.A from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.
In her process-based practice, art, science and technology emerge from subtle materiality and expand our relationship with the environment. By responding to the fleeting moments of time, language and climate, Josefina Nelimarkka traces invisible being and atmospheric phenomena into material experimentations, site-sensitive installations and virtual realms. She engages with the interactive space arising from transient states, between process and the physical world. As a consequence, her exhibitions are performative.
Through their ephemerality; moving images, colours, words and sounds evolve in continuous processes – with geo-chemistry, meteorological events and real-time data – to seize upon the event between perception and possibility. The paintings are made of multiple luminous and iridescent layers of pigments inviting the viewer to move around them and examine from different angles. The encounter is evoked by light and movement – often paired with glass sculptures which the artist regards as aerial performances.
The politics of air, the ontological properties of matter and the future scenarios of climate change are explored in her work. Josefina Nelimarkka brings the critical interactions between atmosphere, ecosystem and society into question as sensorial experiences.
Recently, she was the artist-in-residence at SPACE Art + Technology in London, UK and climate research station SMEAR II, in Finland.