Nada van Dalen
Nada van Dalen's collections are a response to a world that wants and pretends to be perfect. Recurring themes in her work are death, anatomy books, fear, philosophy, psychology, music, and her collection of fellow creatures. Hip Hop, 80s pop star Nico, Frank Zappa, porn, graffiti, work clothes, Hardcore, worn out paupers, great misery, small misery, and everything that's imperfect.
Recurring themes in Nada van Dalen's collections are death, anatomy books, fear, philosophy, psychology, music and fellow creatures. Together with influences from Hip Hop, 80s pop star Nico, Frank Zappa, porn, graffiti, work clothes, Hardcore, worn out paupers, great misery, small misery, and everything that's imperfect, this results in her extreme fashion designs, bordering on visual and conceptual art.
"Imperfections are an important subject in my work, but also in the clothes themselves. The search for a new, realistic beauty image in response to the contemporary fashion image. With this I mean to take some distance, look at it from an outsider's perspective, and go against it. This also applies explicitly with regard to the formation of my own perception and imagery. Elevate negative traits and appearances to beauty.
My attraction and addiction to the dark side: the sifting of and the struggle with my own psyche. Playing with cliches and see how people respond. My last two collections are about my impressions of the cities that I lived in for a while. How inhabitants and I situate ourselves. The history, the clothes that I found there, the artists who worked and lived there, the music, philosophy, and clichés were all part of the collections. This led to raw, angry, yet humorous collections, which make you think, and also confused you. Dordrecht is my home base, and it's an important place for me as well as my work. Dordrecht is a work city, there are no students, but many noble savages. I'm not distracted by trends that can drag me along. It's the city of misfortune and mullets (haircut), and the city that the frikandel (fried meat) hails from. I tend to live and work in various major cities for a while, because you can not stand still & rot."
A collection made like the act of a serial killer: long thinking, quick action. Nada’s collection "Life is a nurse...............................But the meat is weak, hit dead and admire" was first shown at the opening exhibition of the Noordkaap EU Tour, at Kunsthalle Whitebox in Munich (June 2011). This growing collection is Nada’s response to the popularity around shootings, individuals that completely go mad, while being very sophisticated at the same time...
In Cologne, Nada researches how certain clothes evoke strong emotions such as fear and intimidation in people. The results become part of her new spring/summer collection.On sunday the 5th of February you are kindly invited to bring clothes that frighten you.
Nada van Dalen graduated in 2007 from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She did an internship with the Viennese duo Wendy & Jim. Her Berlin collection Immergeradeaussi was nominated for the prestigious International Fashion & Photography contest in Hyeres, Villa Noaille (May 2010). Her work was recently shown on the catwalks of the Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, October 2011) and in 2012 her work will be exhibited at the Schielandhuis, Rotterdam Museum.