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Nathania Rubin makes hand-drawn animations by erasing and redrawing graphite on paper. She also creates works on paper and installations including wall drawings and site-specific video projections. Her work often grows from in-studio performances which become fodder for an animated persona, sometimes combining historical icons or figures from popular culture with her own subjectivity.
Her moving images are deconstructions of character, disconcertingly shifting within the spectrum between subjectivity and a shared cultural iconography which includes serial killers and their prey, genocide victims, faceless morphers, divas and poets. At the heart of Rubin’s investigation is the constructed ephemeral self and psychological projection.
Rubin studied philosophy at Haverford College and received her MFA from CUNY Queens in NYC. She held a Fine Arts research fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Her work has been shown extensively in over 15 countries.
My Girl: A Case Study by Nathania Rubin EXCERPT from Nathania Rubin on Vimeo.