Natalie (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from London whose work focuses on connections between people and the impact of our personal histories. She works across a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking and animation, honouring her sensitivity to materials and flexible approach as a ‘toolkit’.
The foundations of Natalie's practice are materiality, shadows and texture. She makes some of her materials which enables her to connect with and understand their potential. Natalie’s work draws the viewer in by highlighting the intimacy in quieter moments, with cropped compositions and attention to shadows. Scale and rigour are imperative to her process and her textured surfaces make the work feel sculptural.
She is currently exploring her grandparents' experiences of coming to London, from Dominica in 1960 and Spain in 1965 respectively. The work covers themes of immigration, generational trauma and perseverance, balanced with humour through sentimental family stories which are recorded in a small book that she carries daily. Natalie has recently been exploring spiritual connections in her practice. 'The things I have inside' painting series (due for display in March 2024) is her way of articulating the inner guidance that keeps her on track.
Natalie is currently on the Drawing Year 23/24 at the Royal Drawing School. She completed her BA (Hons) Illustration at the University for the Creative Arts in 2013. Natalie has created work for Parlon Film, and developed graphics for charitable organisations such as the Museum of Everything and Forward Arts Foundation alongside private commissions. She is currently a Trustee at Packed Lunch and Content Manager for Middleground magazine.
Photo by Kat Brown