Sunny Nestler | Vancouver, B.C.
Sunny Nestler lives on unceded Coast Salish territory / “Vancouver BC.” Nestler received an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013, where they currently teach drawing and natural science. Nestler has published work as an illustrator and book/zine maker, and exhibited in North America. Nestler’s work is rooted in drawing and studies mechanisms of biological life using a process that mimics DNA replication and mutation. Their work is multi-disciplinary and includes painting, video, installation, and performance. Their subject matter cross pollinates biological processes, DIY communities, and unusual landscapes with the political affect of relatedness and mutation.
These works were made in the early days of the pandemic, with a concentrated anxiety gripping the collective guts a little tighter every day. I have an immune disease that affects my digestive system, and throttles my connection between upper cerebral-brain and lower gut-brain into overdrive. In these mixtures of collage, drawing and paintings the tangled knot is an expression of embodied uncertainty, and the portal is a looking glass, reflecting possible futures that exist on the other side.