Nina Pops at Work

nina fiber glass

nina zarko masks

nina sanding

nina tools

Pictures from Nina’s studio in Köln as she prepares for a major exhibition at the Bayer exhibition space.

Aluminum protected by an adhesive layer she strips off in the end. Oil, pigment (a whole kilogram followed by another kilo), fiberglass bought at the “Bauhaus” / “Home Depot” to fill craters, orbital sander, scalpel to cut the multiple layers of pigment and paint — all very much in the spirit of the other “Bauhaus” in Weimar and Dessau that championed industrial craft(wo)manship.

The yellow work on the wall will hang with the eventually white one she is working on on the table.

nina green alu nina wall nina yellow alu close nina hall nina sitting


About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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1 Response to Nina Pops at Work

  1. alex caldiero says:

    Ha, yes, of course, how did i forget, how could i have made such a dangerous mistake….a mask is essential when you re dealing with chemikals that can take your brainbreath away. I didnt figure this out until it was toooo late…i too was doing a series of works (IN TONGUES) that required heavy use of … cant remember….lacquer thinners…wrecked my lungs for several years. I can see here that Ms. Pops knows better…and her work shows it.


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