Review of Wunderkamma by Shoreditch Radio

Nadine Mahoney’s piece Quiet Revolution was composed entirely of the same blue pigment, manipulated and layered to create different effects. The figure was wearing a Napoleon era style jacket and it brough to my mind to the General’s last years, in exile and relative obscurity. It turns out that Nadine does not liken her pieces to anyone in particular, but enjoys leaving it open to the viewer to read into it what they like. I definitely appreciate the ambiguity. Another piece of hers, New Romantic, again a study in blues, featured a little purple blob by his ear. To me it was a little flower, cheekily tucked behind his ear, quite romantic in a slightly silly way. Nadine explained how it just happened that way in the creative process and somehow looked right. I could only agree with her.
Another two pieces of hers stood out for me, both outlines of figures on aluminium. The first, calledThat Friday Feeling and Sunshine Sunday done in oil. Both were of the same out line a head and torso, done in spraypaint and oil, yet they conveyed totally different feelings. That Friday Feeling had purple stirrings at the core with darker tones as the outline. Looking at it gave me a slightly unsettled, yet excited feeling – like you might have before going out to a party. Sunshine Sunday was indeed just that, with the figure sitting bathed in light, enjoying a well earnt rest. Very much calmer than the Friday Feeling and perhaps the logical conclusion of a good weekend.’
By Katrine Carsten for Shoreditch Radio. Read the full review: http://shoreditchradio.co.uk/2012/03/wunderkammer-at-the-hoxton-art-gallery/