There is a palimpsestuous circulation of function in my work and the traces of my human presence and movement play an essential role in its development. My studio practice is interdisciplinary and rhizomatic; I constantly generate a new work from some other works that I have already created and subject one mediums aesthetics to another mediums concepts. My creative process is as tied to the medium of drawing and performance art as it is to photography and the aesthetics of cinema, particularly experimental films. Through a restless hybridization of artistic practices I mobilize a play with language and form and act as disruptive intervener and ardent preservationist. My works give evidence to this process and I embed multiple histories within abstract forms.
The process and products of my work are made meaningful by way of dialogue and diverse relationships with form and ideas. In 2009 my fascination with the concepts and aesthetics of western abstraction, conceptual art and Islamic geometrical abstraction began to take a concrete form in my research and artistic work. I expand upon the common virtues, aesthetic and conceptual inclinations I discovered in Islamic Art, the conceptual arts movement and other systems based works. In it I seek to find ways in which systematic rules can be freeing and spaces in which I can make some expression or marks to reflect on my interest in performance art, subjectivity and intervention.
Concepts that I continually explore in my creative work are that of unity in multiplicity, repetition, and the transformation of forms. My work reflects on temporality and contingency while allowing me to explore the politics of abstraction, representation, archiving, and the circulation of images. I see my approach to working with materials and ideas as part of a larger theoretical project that poses critical questions about process, power, representation, and the construction of communal narratives.
Artist Bio / CV
NSENGA A. KNIGHT
Born 1981, Brooklyn, New York
EDUCATION 2010 University of Pennsylvania, Master of Fine Arts – Photography and Cinema Studies
2003 Howard University, Film Production, B.A.
EXHIBITIONS/ SCREENINGS/ PERFORMANCES 2012 The First Year, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
GAR Inaugural Exhibition, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX
2011 Muslim Voices of Philadelphia (film screening), International House, Philadelphia, PA Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, New Museum, New York, NY
Clifford Owens: Anthology (performance collaboration), MoMA PS1, New York, NY
2010 Drowning (solo exhibition), Amistad Gallery at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Round 32, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
2009 Perspectives: Women, Art & Islam, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY
RESIDENCIES 2011 – 2012 Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX 2010 Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA 2007 BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Joint Multimedia Residency, Brooklyn, NY