Nirvana Selwood indulges in the idea of souls being freed by fate yet bound by fear. Shrine-like and laden with visual imagery, Nirvana’s works are a playful rearrangement of spiritual worship and grunge culture. While we find ourselves fascinated by the aesthetic allure of her works, Nirvana quickly deconstructs our sense of ease by introducing fear of the unknown, the grotesque and the disturbing. While we may feel a sense of disquiet in this Byron Bay artists’ constructions, her ability to render the deepest realms of human sentience with remarkable technical skill and playfulness continues to draw us in. Nirvana is working on a design collection for the label Afends, which will be released in December 2020, along with a new series of paintings.
Feature image: Nirvana Selwood, God is Dog. Acrylic on paper, 59.4 x 84.1cm. COURTESY: THE ARTIST