Nina Canell works with everyday man made objects to create assemblages that ascribe to them a new function and status. Often incorporating audio-visual elements Canells work produces new associations and hierarchies between discrete objects. – Sally O’Reilly – Frieze Magazine, Issue 98

Canell’s video installation We Lost Wind depicts a saxophone player deep in a Swedish forest. The lone musician, wrapped-up against the winter cold has his saxophone buried – almost surgically grafted – into the cavity of a dead, hollow tree. The occasional blasts of the instrument, which irregularly puncture the otherwise peaceful ambient near-silence of the work, use the hollow tree as a resonator to broadcast the naturally amplified plaintive sound throughout the forest.


Nina Canell was born in Sweden and lives and works in Dublin and New York. She studied Fine Art at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and has exhibited in Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy and Nought to Sixty at the ICA, London. She is represented by Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin.