Nagado’s approach to painting is nothing short of sheer craftsmanship. Often working on several paintings at once, Nagado builds them up in a series of layers that create an illusion of depth of the picture plane, giving the viewer the impression of looking into the paintings rather than at them.
Rendered in seductive, dreamy liquid colours, a suspended sense of melancholy can be sensed throughout Nagado’s works. In depicting her inner world, the artist reflects on the theme of her own fluctuating identity through an outsider’s prism.
Through the agency of playfully combining heritage and culture, Nagado is continually reinventing her personal narrative of the contemporary, presenting us with fragments of stories that are somewhat in dissonance with their original context. The questions that arise from her work are consequently about how ideas can survive, fade or transform.