Nina Bellisio photographs the objects and architecture that we disregard. These sideways glances reveal unexplained information: remnants of celebrations past, empty swimming pools after dark, tourist destinations temporarily abandoned. The removal of details though viewpoint or medium shifts the focus onto familiar yet marginal imagery. The resulting photographs are records from a tangential story, unfolding without notice.
Heidi Zuckerman-Jacobson, MATRIX curator at the Berkeley Art Museum writes, “Her works serve as portraits of living spaces, and in her images objects become subjects.” The photographs in this exhibition explore these ideas through both digitally printed miniature Polaroid and conventional photography. The large scale serves to engender prominence in the selected subjects, moving them from the disposable to the contemplative. The naive nature of the tools reveal the vulnerability of both the photograph and the photographed.
After four years of perpetual winter at Cornell University, the artist quickly moved to California to pursue graduate work at Berkeley. For the past seven years she has been an Art History and Photography instructor at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in ReadyMade magazine, and at the San Francisco Arts Commission and Southern Exposure galleries.