The project “Das Nicht nichtet” is about the growing fatigue with the void, which feels even more wearing during the second lockdown. The presentation contains five objects to be found between an abundance of an empty space.
The new series of digital drawings created by Maess, who in her artistic practice usually uses the more traditional mediums of drawing and painting, reflects on the feeling of constant tiredness and uncertainty that accompanies the pandemic.
* Das Nicht nichtet / Nothingness nothings / Nictwo się nicestwi
quotation from “What Is Metaphysics?” a lecture by the philosopher Martin Heidegger,
first presented to the faculties of the University of Freiburg on July 24, 1929 as inaugural address
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Maess Anand is a Polish artist based in Düsseldorf. After graduating from Warsaw Elsner School of Music, she graduated with MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and was recipient of a scholarship at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto, Portugal. In 2012, Maess Anand was nominated to the Grand Prix at the FID Prize Paris, and in 2013 she was shortlisted to the Strabag International Art Award in Vienna, Austria. Amongst others, she exhibited at, Museo di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2010), CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2010), Program Gallery in Warsaw (2011), Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (2013), Galeria Miejska Arsenal in Poznan (2013), BWA Sokól in Nowy Sacz (2013), The Starak Family Foundation in Warsaw, The Drawing Center in New York (2014), Polish Institute in Budapest (2015), Kasia Michalski Gallery in Warsaw, (2015), Trestle Gallery in New York (2016), Warsaw Austrian Cultural Forum (2019), Equity Gallery in New York, IK Projects in Lima, Peru (2019) and at Biennale de la Biche on deserted island near Guadeloupe (2017).
Maess Anand was a recipient of numerous fellowships including: Leipzig International Art Programme in Leipzig (2014) Virginia Center for Creative Arts (2017), Residency Unlimited in New York (2018) and The Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs (2018). With Alex Urso, Maess Anand curated Biennale de La Biche; the smallest biennale in the world held on a deserted island near Guadeloupe. The event has been reviewed by The Guardian, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Art Review, Observer (2017). Her drawings were presented in Vice Magazine, FUKT Magazine for Contemporary Drawing and The Lancet Oncology.
Das Nichts nichtet is a part of The Virtual Canvas online exhibition.