Natalie Field

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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.

Series | Human Nature, 2016

This photo-essay is very personal to me. It is my reaction to the fear of dying; my search for solace. As such, I thought it pertinent to act as the protagonist in my own tale. Using self-portraiture as a tool for artistic expression, it soon came to light that this was an opportunity to add a new skill to my repertoire: Performance Art. Like stills from a film, frozen frames in time confront the viewer with images exploring creation, evolution and metamorphosis.

Series | Memento Mori, 2017

This collection includes a series of large-format photomontages crafted digitally from deconstructed imagery to create suspended still lifes in which biological forms are woven together to illustrate the reciprocal interaction found throughout nature.

Series | Sol Shadows, 2018

Upon discovering the work of Anna Atkins, I fell in love with the idea of returning to my photographic roots and using the cyanotype technique. I was curious to see how I could implement this traditional process to capture an alternative view of my own samples.

Series | Breathe, 2015

From stone tools to harnessing energy and now genetic engineering, human biology has evolved alongside our technology.  These advancements have created a chasm between Human and Nature. We have become detached from our own bodies, the food we eat and the planet we live on. As we enter the Anthropocene Age (a world made by human design), it seems that the next step in man’s evolution will be the Singularity: a state in which humans transcend their biology to become one with technology through artificial intelligence, biological enhancement or brain-computer interface.

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“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.”
Natalie Field