Natalie Field | ARTIST PORTFOLIO
ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIO
“The story of our universe begins with a singularity. Due to some inconceivable force, space expanded and matter formed. The stars, earth, oceans, animals – and even our bodies – are all made from this matter that has existed since the beginning of time. We are, quite literally, stardust.”
I create surreal art exploring the mercurial, ephemeral and cyclical nature of Nature through transformative narratives around creation, evolution, metamorphosis and the transmigration of spirit.
On the surface, these themes are visually illustrated through anatomy, zoology, entomology and botany; biological forms woven together to illustrate the reciprocal interaction found throughout nature. More than celebrate Nature, the work considers the interdependence of biotic life forms and their micro-habitats; and the importance of the conservation of this ecosystem that we call home: earth.
Using light as my medium, I create cinematic tableaux, photomontages, cyanotypes and video installations portraying the stories that unfold from my research and studies. By combining self-portraiture with performance art, photo-manipulation with the spontaneity of in-camera effects and digital capture with alternative printing techniques, I continue to experiment with photographic processes in the search for what I call “The Unexpected Image”.
Natalie Field is a fine art photographer born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1982, where she completed a B.Tech Photography Cum Laude at the Nelson Mandela University in 2008. Based on the body of work created in her final year, Field was invited to exhibit at the Design Indaba in Cape Town in 2009. The artist has participated in several group exhibitions, including a four-person show curated by Sandy Cofey at the ArtEC in Port Elizabeth, in 2011.
Her latest body of work, Human.Nature was conceived during an artist residency at the Arteles Creative Centre in Finland in 2016. Consisting of cinematic tableaux, photomontages, botanicals, cyanotypes and a short film, this collection of transformative narratives was exhibited as her first solo show at Berman Contemporary in 2018.
She currently resides in Johannesburg, where she is represented by Berman Contemporary.