Working primarily with sculpture and large sculptural installations, Nika Neelova's work seem to inhabit a post-human world in which human needs and definitions have long since been forgotten, remaining only as a vestigial memory in the forms of the sculptural subjects.
Often utilising reclaimed architectural materials, Nika Neelova is interested in the way materials and architecture influence our sense of time and place. Her sculptures are created by employing tactics of 'reverse archaeology' - considering an alternative reading of human history by examining found objects and architectural debris, and transforming them beyond functionality. In these works the human body and touch remains as a vestigial memory. Inspired by multidisciplinary research into the artefacts that form the surrounding world and using existing and fictional narratives, the pieces are often based on salvaged materials from lived-in environments, reconciling recognisable day-to-day objects and pronouncing their alternative qualities. Attributing high importance to material transformations, the sculptures are focused on materials processes involved in translating existing objects into other mediums, decoding and recoding their purposes, enacting the processes that were used to shape them, altering their internal structures and liberating objects from their meaning.