“Instinctive Desire” is the first comprehensive publication by the artist Nici Jost (*1984 Banff, Canada), which enables a precise investigation and analysis of the color pink. The essential element of Nici Jost’s work is the exploration of the sublime tensions between technology and nature, space and perception. Her artistic research is driven by investigations into social constructions and the way individuals control their environment.
Jost questions the passive “consumption” of art in a crowded environment and raises questions about the broader, often disturbing effects of our ever accelerating technological evolution and the position of the individual within. Her artistic practice is entirely devoted to the color pink, its characteristics, its history and the position it takes in psychology, art, poetry, literature and politics. However, Jost does not only work with pink as a controversial and divisive element of social and cultural associations; pink is Jost’s socio-political lens, since it succeeds in polarizing like no other color in the spectrum.
Along with the works of Nici Jost, the historian and social researcher Dominique Grisard develops in her text an outline of the cultural history of the colour pink from the perspective of gender studies and links Nici Jost’s artistic findings to a larger context.
Published by edition fink as Volume 8 of the Primeur series edited by the Aargauer Kuratorium.
Dominique Grisard, Nici Jost
Nino Izzi, Vera Grönegress, Silent Studio
165 × 235 mm