The Purposeful Mayonnaise

December 9, 2022: Niamh-Erin Cusack (painting), Nazanin Karbalaii (illustration)

The Unseen, Biking during an Eclipse, 2021, acrylic, oil and varnish on clear gesso primed canvas, 50 x 40 cm

The Unseen, Daylight Constellations, Mapping to and from the West, 2021, acrylic, oil, varnish on clear gesso primed canvas, 70 x 50 cm

Niamh-Erin Cusack

Visual Artist & Researcher based in Berlin, Germany

Niamh-Erin Cusack (b. 1996 in Galway, Ireland) is an abstract visual artist who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art & Visual Culture studies at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2019, along with a one year International Curatorial study at Bauhaus University Weimar from 2017 to 2018. Currently, she works as a freelance artist and part-time event manager and is a collective member of the TURBA Factory Studios in Berlin, Germany.

Niamh-Erin Cusack moved to Berlin in the midst of a fast growing contemporary art scene that was showcasing visual art in a unique and empowering way. During this time she continued exhibiting a body of work that combines both science and fine art practices in an interdisciplinary way. After her first couple of months in the city, she became fascinated with the structures from the metropolitan landscape around her and began recording the city's colorful contemporary patterns and designs through painting, photography and literature. 

Her findings from astronomical research, along with documented visual representations of Berlin's landscape, flourished as the prominent concept of her work. 

In relation to her creative process, it is the empty space that represents a lack of knowledge of the greater aspects of our Solar System, however, with her continuous research, that empty space has become less and less. The use of light vibrant colors illustrates her curiosity for a space that has yet so much more to unfold. Niamh-Erin will continue to identify the world beyond our sky through her visual representations - a world that contains many unanswered questions, flourishing her artistic practice to a place of research and development.

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Tommy Monster, 2021, ink and colored pencil on paper, 21 x 30 cm

Mischief, 2022, ink and colored pencil on paper,  21 x 30 cm

Nazanin Karbalaii

Nazanin was born in 1996, in Tehran, Iran. With a passion for music, literature and illustration, she has consistently tried to translate her experience as an Iranian woman into a form of art that can touch anyone beyond borders of nationality.

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