NINA MASKIELL & MISHKA BECKMANN
Puncture is a collaborative video work made by Nina Maskiell and Mishka Beckmann. The work was conceived at an artist residency program attended by Maskiell in Barcelona at the Transpecies Society, as well as from conversations with Mishka Beckmann about identity, transhumanism, the subversion of body ideals and beauty norms. Through movement and texture, the body is extended beyond its own perceived identity. A disfigured character exists in an undefined space; exploring its form and potential for experimentation, the body prepares itself to become a testing ground for change.
Nina Maskiell has a Bachelor of Fina Arts from RMIT and has exhibited her work in various group shows, festivals, events and publications in Melbourne, Sydney and overseas. Maskiell works with soft sculpture, wearable art, sound and performance; she approaches her practice as a catalyst for self-exploration and change. Maskiell is influenced by film and music videos, and often creates fictional characters to explore ideas surrounding identity, femininity, nature and technology.
Mishka Beckmann is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of puppetry, blacksmithing, costume design, illustration, dance, choreography and storytelling. Beckmann’s practice draws on psychotherapy techniques developed during her practice as an art therapist. Under the lens of unconditional positive regard she creates a sense of safety in which to reveal the true strangeness and vulnerability of humanity. Her film series, Movement Portraits uses body language and dance to tell complex human stories without words.