Nikolina Petolas


Working in graphic and web design, Nikolina mastered her skills in digital tools and applications. With over 10 years of experimenting with various segments of photography, from portrait and still life to landscapes and macro, she felt the desire to expand her vision out of the possible photographic framing and therefore started to do complex photomontages as a way to express her ideas.

“Nikolina feels a profound fascination with human behaviour: with her works she searches to underline the psychological and social aspects of our identity and effects that endless soul searching has on our lives.”

In her metaphorical presentations, from multiple personalities, dreamlike landscapes to strange and dark creatures and environments, she uses the observation of inner conflicts and questions that arise from them, as a dreamy and vivid example to show complex human emotions and drives as well as her subjective personal experience of the world.


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Artist statement:

My works combine what at first glance seem incompatible and meaningless.

Catwoman, giant fruit, flying fish, post-apocalyptic environment, creatures that are born in a cave with insects … although inspired by my love of science fiction, fantasy, new technologies and some distant surreal worlds, they are reflection of my imagination, the way I perceive the world and the people around me…

These are worlds filled with wishes and mistakes that shows in human nature. Although at first look like a scene from a strange dream or sometimes horror stories, actually this story is encouraged by what is happening to us and which is reflected in our way of life. These are stories about emotions, growing up, about people and their masks, fantasies, about creation and destruction, the primal nature of man, unfulfilled dreams, pain, changes and maybe some new beginnings…

Insects, animals, machines, skeletons, and sometimes a combination of all of this… I use them as storytellers who lead us through this surreal worlds. Often they are the remains of what once was alive or had a purpose. I like to create new surrealistic environment where these strange, and often dead or apparently useless things get a new meaning. In my work, they get re-purpose and begin to exist as a symbolic part of my story in a new meaning and form.”