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Taxidermy fox and upholstered armchair

Housekeeper's Room

Courtesy David Roberts Collection, London

Nina Saunders is known for stretching and contorting traditional pieces of furniture in which she integrates animals of the type that populate children's literature, folk tales and our collective unconscious. Here she has seamlessly included a small furry creature nestling or emerging from the creases of a chintzy comfortable armchair. It seems to have found refuge here near the hearth.

In contrast to the grand rooms upstairs, the Housekeeper's room is cosy and full of heart-warming pictures of animals. This represents a gentle and domestic relation to pets and farm animals, which is yet another form of idealisation.

Nina Saunders

Nina Saunders takes familiar domestic objects and subverts their form. They sometimes appear to be melting slowly, or pooling on the floor. The effect is often a little surreal and a touch absurd, yet there is still a contemplative air about the work: it brings a smile to the viewer, but also stimulates new thoughts and ideas.

Recent solo exhibitions include Fuori Salone (Salon del Mobile) in Milan and Katy's Convoy, an exhibition that toured Denmark and the UK. Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions across Europe and is held in a variety of prestigious private collections.