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Natalie Westbrook
updated: 09/09/2010
website: www.nataliewestbrook.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  nature, abstract, biomorphic, cartoon, humor, kitsch, psychological, organic, pattern, optical
 
 
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etching and aquatint
2010
13" x  10" 
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etching and aquatint
2010
13" x  10" 
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colored pencil, acrylic, graphite
2009
24" x  30" 
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etching and monotype
2010
9" x  11.75" 
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dry point, collagraph, and monotype
2010
10" x  8" 
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drypoint, collagraph, and monotype
2010
10" x  8" 
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drypoint, collagraph, and monotype
2010
10" x  8" 
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drypoint, collagraph, and monotype
2010
10" x  8" 
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drypoint, collagraph, and monotype
2010
10" x  8" 
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oil on canvas
2010
72" x  60" 
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oil on canvas
2010
20" x  16" 
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oil on canvas
2010
14" x  11" 
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acrylic, oil, and foam on canvas
2010
60" x  72" 
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oil and acrylic on canvas
2010
72" x  96" 
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oil on canvas
2009
96" x  144" 

Artist Statement

Plant life has an uncanny relationship to the human body. Its unrelenting growth and mutable potential inspires a breed of vivacity and fecundity I want to evoke through paint. In the primordial pool, genes bump into genes, join together and mutate.  My work focuses on the kinships and volatilities of disparate organic life, filtered through psychological expression.  In these painterly meditations on natural cycles and mortality, the gravity of serious contemplation gives way to absurdity and strangeness when we see ourselves mirrored and transformed in nature.  Double entendre and rebus-like figural arrangements are expressed through paint, emphasizing a mutability of forms.  The real and the ridiculous intermingle in a re-imaged universe where fear and desire are not mutually exclusive.

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

2010 MFA, Painting/Printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2004 MA, Critical and Curatorial Studies, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2002 BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

EXHIBITIONS

2010 MFA Thesis, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2009 Peering Into the Future, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2004 Made Beliefs,  Artswatch, Louisville, KY

2002 BFA exhibition, Cooper Union, New York, NY

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2009 Infinitesimal Eternity: Images Made in the Face of Spectacle, co-curator, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2004 Documents, Monuments, Potential Investments, Gallery X, Louisville, KY

AWARDS

2010 Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2009 Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2006 Soaring Gardens Artist Residency, Ora Lerman Trust Award, Wyalusing, PA

2005 The Cooper Union Summer Artist Residency, New York, NY