“The foundation of my practice lies in photography as a material that lives through the energy of colours, textures and the feel of the surfaces. My recent work is made of photographic paper that is exposed to light in a colour dark room, cut and layered into collages. I am interested in the unpacking of something between the familiar or foreign, where things are neither fully hidden nor revealed. The book SCRIM brings early memory forth as a portal to this, as an imagined place and as a world of one’s own.”
SCRIM is an artists’ book functioning as a purposeful record of Ida Nissen’s creative process, as well as a collection of finished works. This rich edition, printed in five colours, presents a broad spectrum of the artist’s influences and sources, unpacking ideas and underlying manoeuvres in flux between distant and close, foreign, and alike, hidden and revealed.
Remnants from the colour darkroom and the large-format camera blend with memories, found images, book clippings and cut-out shapes forming a stream of consciousness interspersed with Nissen’s finished collage works. The hard-cover book is clothbound in a granite-black fabric with a loose weave, referencing the book’s title and nature of a scrim fabric. The silver Pantone ink used throughout hearkens back to the gelatin silver darkroom process fundamental to Nissen’s experimental analogue, camera-based practice.
The typeface in use, Favorit Hangul, underlines and complements the search into the artist’s South Korean origin as its tubular shapes and geometric constructions formally reference the Korean Hangul alphabet. SCRIM is printed in an edition of 300, of which 50 are a special edition, each with an additional silkscreen impression on the front cover, hand-printed by the artist, and a unique set of photogram cut-outs enclosed in an acid-free sleeve inside the back cover.
Ida Nissen is a visual artist, influenced by ideas and sources with the possibility of unpacking something between the foreign, and alike, the hidden and revealed. She studied at Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and Royal College of Art in London. She was nominated for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2021, and a recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation Photobook Grant 2022 for her recently published artist book SCRIM.