I painted washing lines for a couple of years, an exploration of absence. The (temporary) absence of people can be clearly felt by painting laundry; laundry which is directly connected to people. I took the photos of laundry, which serve as inspiration, during my travels and stay in artist residencies. I started a series of laundry paintings in 2005 and exhibited the results under the title ’t wasgoed. In 2007, I spent the year travelling extensively and participating in several artist residencies and continued working on the Laundry series. I made these paintings during my residencies at the Union of Bulgarian Artists in Sofia, Bulgaria and at Art-Villa Garikula Residency in Akhalkalaki, Georgia. I concluded my travels with a selection of my residency paintings in the catalogue been everywhere, seen everything and exhibited the paintings under the same title in different exhibition spaces. The Laundry series were exhibited in April 2008 at LittleBird gallery in Los Angeles, USA.
Beautifully forlorn and remarkable in their lack of direct human representation are Rolina's laundry paintings. She uses clothing as a sort of figurative representation, each garment almost transparent but creating a sort of corporeal presence in and of itself. The viewer is left to wonder and imagine the identity. Melancholic mystery, borne out of the loneliness of culture difference.
Mylissa Fitzsimmons | LittleBird gallery Los Angeles USA | April 2008
Nell has photographed washing lines in various cultural areas but the locations are not immediately recognizable in the paintings. The washed textiles are so beautifully transparent and physically painted that they lead one to fantasise about the absent person. This beauty of emptiness unleashes a stream of thoughts that give the work an inner life.