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Natalie Settles
updated: 07/03/2009
website: www.nataliesettles.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  science, conceptual, historical, repetition, nature, information, process, pattern, organic, biomorphic
 
 
Transcribe by Natalie Settles
Transcribe
Graphite on wall
2009
168" x  204"  x 108" 
Transcribe by Natalie Settles
Transcribe
Graphite on wall
2009
168" x  204"  x 108" 
Transcribe (detail) by Natalie Settles
Transcribe (detail)
Graphite on wall
2009
168 " x  204 "  x 108 " 
Fractionate by Natalie Settles
Fractionate
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2009
20" x  44" 
Insertion by Natalie Settles
Insertion
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2008
11" x  30" 
Scion by Natalie Settles
Scion
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2008
11" x  7.5" 
Generate by Natalie Settles
Generate
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2008
15" x  11" 
Embed by Natalie Settles
Embed
Graphite, watercolor and gouache on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Pattern Assertion by Natalie Settles
Pattern Assertion
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Underlie by Natalie Settles
Underlie
Graphite, watercolor and gouache on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Ideal State by Natalie Settles
Ideal State
Graphite, watercolor and gouache on paper
2007
11" x  15" 
Varied States by Natalie Settles
Varied States
Graphite, watercolor and relief print on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Capsule by Natalie Settles
Capsule
Graphite, watercolor and relief print on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Re-Presentation by Natalie Settles
Re-Presentation
Graphite, watercolor and relief print on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Valence by Natalie Settles
Valence
Graphite, watercolor, relief print
2008
11" x  30" 

Artist Statement

Living and working in Cambridge England in 2007, I was immersed in the work of the Victorian designers who examined nature and saw pattern. Currently based in Madison, Wisconsin, one of the world's foremost biotechnology centers, my colleagues in the sciences examine nature and discover pattern. Through drawing, I examine nature and create pattern. These patterns result from both the qualities of the organism itself, and from cultural context. I cultivate the plant subjects of my work much like a biologist, designer, or gardener. However, the plant subjects I draw are dead, and the Victorian designs I cite in my work are ensconced in books and museums; in this way, I make reference more to preserved type-specimens than to living plants. As I graft the images together, both I and they come to compromises, conflicts, and symbiosis, reflecting a complex dialog about the relationship of nature and culture through pattern.

See and read more at www.nataliesettles.com

Artist Bio / CV

Natalie Settles earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999 including venues in Norway, Brazil, New York, Chicago, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California among others. Settles interned at the Smithsonian Institution in 2003 as a model-maker and sculptor, fashioning objects for the National Museums of Natural History, American History, and the American Indian. From anatomy and anthropomorphism to domestication and minimalism, Settles’ work has engaged the often parallel concerns of art and science. Her work has lead to  collaborative projects with researchers in biochemistry, zoology, and physiology. In 2007 she lived and worked in Cambridge, UK independently researching Victorian design and topics in biology for her current work in the Natural Motif series of drawings on paper and wall. Settles is a 2008 Wisconsin Arts Board Fellow.

Full résumé available at www.nataliesettles.com/resume