Natacha is an emotional painter and a confident performer. She who loves Jazz, birdsong, and finds dark techno to be the best for mixing paint. Natacha is deeply influenced by Modernism and the Baroque époque as well as Christian art. Natacha cites big names; Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, Van Gogh and contemporary artists such as Luc Tuymans, Louis Fratino, Alex Becerra, Daisy Parris, Antonia Showering, Stevie Dixx etc. Currently she’s indulging and studying Francis Bacon. There are books of his work next to the easel and a play of liquid forms and hues of violet in her sketches.
Natacha’s work is highly self-reflective, and she chooses to share herself with the spectator. She pours her inner world and feelings onto canvas and boldly explores human vulnerability and fragility in her performances. She stands relentlessly strong for the absence of boundaries between life and art. – They are entangled: communicating, supporting, inspiring each other to construct what feels like her discourse throughout images. As a highly visual individual she needs to eat with her eyes, it is a physical urge to paint. This undeniable obsession with the imaginary manifests in a complete devotion to the practice. Artistic expression organically lives within an artist, so how one could separate this part of their own identity, caging it, denying it oxygen by taming it and taking it for a walk just occasionally? Natacha is confident, she knows that she is supposed to paint.
We talk with Natacha and Daniel in her working space at PK, about creating, but mostly about destruction. They both seem keen on destruction as a form of construction. Daniel’s work is very geometric and mathematical, he deconstructs it down to a triangle, whereas Natacha’s approach is more sensual, and she refers to the metaphysical, the soul as the primordial form and intense irrational experiences coming from the very most intimate, allowing to reach primordial archaic human state embedded in an individual. She extracts the essence, uncovering our core values. To ask ourselves, to the communities, what do we stand for? We notice that the theme of destruction is being actualized and tackled from different angles by several participants of PK, perhaps a reflection of the happenings on a global scale. Damaged connections with nature, change caused by deforestation, mono-culture agriculture, irresponsible industrialization, excessive consumption etc.
Although Natacha defines herself as a painter, her performance piece “Crucificação e Deposição de Cristo (Crucifixion and Deposition of Christ)” serves as a strong artefact of her convictions. Natacha uses her body as a tool. After depriving herself of sleep for 3 days, she arrives at the exhibition space exhausted and in a half-conscious state. Then Natacha goes to dream, making herself a part of the artwork, exposed, fragile and undefended. Natacha says that she wanted to be there fully – as an artist, as an art piece and simultaneously displaying the fragility of the human condition. She Embraces the terminal devastation of life, resetting back to essential values and sometimes giving a rayon of hope.
The studio is alive with creative energy. All those who came to our Open Studios (Designers Open Spot) last weekend were able to see the work in progress and talk to the artists. Those who couldn’t, don’t fear. We have two shows coming up and each has its own special flair.
This exhibition represents the accumulation of ever-accelerating rhythms in the altermodern world and the momentum of regeneration. A spiralling ascension of energy followed by the shedding of skin and matter, folding backwards into grey foundations of urban displacement. There is a convergence of ancient forests and radiant future seed particles, mapping migratory paths through time and space. The body is but a site of irrational experience which confronts the machines of carbon-heavy Modernity. A Kali-destructive rampage of nihilism anticipates the coming still; hyper-sensitising rituals, filament tensions and porous-smooth materiality of the posthuman condition. This is an emerging non-state where the more-than-human world metamorphoses in perpetuum into a new corporeal becoming. The uncontaminated hierarchs falter and drop from the sky.
vernissage: Fri 15 Nov 19Uhr-22Uhr performances TBA
open: Sat 16/ Sun 17 14Uhr-18Uhr Thur 21/Fri 22/Sat 23 14Uhr-18Uhr
Alte Handelsschule Giesserstr 75
From nonmatter emerges poetic spaces of nothingness. This spatial emptiness waxes dark mass and a new spiritual gestation. A coded dialogue is written in the deep seams of carbon, bearing the deconstruction of material and nonlinear points of multiplicity. Sharp angles mutate into gentle recesses, energised with the properties of light and the intimacy of a dream.
The pleasure in the surge of viscosity, and the illusion of vulnerability creates a space between people, an assemblage which orientates the human to positive kinetic chaos.