As John Berger proposes “we only see what we look at” and … “looking is an act of choice” (1978)
“The idea of space is a complex phenomenon in Naty’s work … the slippage between its solid forms and their collapse into insubstantiality. Scale is never to be relied upon in her work, things don’t look the size they are, and neither is materiality to be trusted” (Dr M. Walker 2023)
For the last eight years, I’ve been mainly working with tumble-dryer fluff – a commonly discarded material full of associations.
Through material transformation, the soft fluff becomes solid; layers upon layers where the short fibres interlink, pulling as they dry, forming an always changing outcome. The forms are influenced by plastic packaging, where the fluff is restricted within, giving a ‘manufactured’ feel as a metaphor for social constrains.
Using materials to convey points of human experience interest me, simultaneously instigating associations and interpretations.
What’s known space? … in a social rather than formal sense … best expressed by Evi Soukara’s words (visitor to my latest exhibition, 29th Sep 2023):
“Thank you for a big big life lesson that you have passed me through your art! That nothing and no one belongs in the bin. We need to think multiple times and change viewpoints and perspectives before we discard any item or person! There is potential around us waiting to be discovered and transformed.
CV & Education
2023 Possibility Space, collaboration with Mike Walker, Art Space Portsmouth, UK.
2022 Spatial constraints and deviations within the box, Arch Window Gallery, Ryde, UK.
2022 Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, Sommerset, UK.
2022 Stretched, Art Space Portsmouth, UK.
2022 Connections and Building blocks, Department, Ryde Arts, Ryde, UK.
2021 Post-Tea sleepovers, by Anna Davies, CASS Art, Manchester, UK
2021 Worldwide, The Stable Gallery [online exhibition].
2020 Select Dream, street level exhibition on disused Knight & Lee department store, Portsmouth.
2020 A6 Murals Worldwide, online project by Lydia Wierenga. [Entry No.62 - 2nd March]
2020 Pinocchio’s got nothing on you, Broken Grey Wires and the Pod zine, Coventry.
2020 Talking Sense: The changing vocabulary of mind and brain, The Portico Library, Manchester.
2019 Little Forest Land Art project, Evergreen, Hampshire.
2019 Tertulia, Bankley Gallery, Levenshulme, Manchester.
2019 Micro, AIR Gallery, Greater Manchester.
2019 From the waste around us, The Change Room, Goldsmiths MFA, London.
2018 Bankley Gallery Open, Levenshulme, Manchester.
2018 Mottisfont Biennial Open, National Trust Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire.
2018 Art in the Garden, North Boarhunt, Hampshire.
2018 Normal Papers, Fringe Arts Bath, Somerset.
2017 Culina Artem, Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex.
2017 Winter Salon Open, Rye Creative Centre, Rye.
2017 LOOK AT your city, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2017 International Conference on Innovative Traditional Crafts, Hangzhou Creative Design Centre, China.
2017 Nearby-Faraway, 19th International Minitextile exhibition, Galéria Umelka, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2017 Small Faces, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton.
2016 Threads, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury.
2016 Mottisfont Biennial Open, National Trust Mottisfont Abbey, Nr. Romsey.
2016 Precision and Soul, Art Space Gallery, Portsmouth.
2016 The Sea Has No Boundaries, Stories of Travellers and Dreamers, Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany
2016 Face To Face, Galéria Umelka, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2016 CHROMA: Blue, Safehouse2, London.
2016 Process in Work, Scene Gallery, London.
2015 Belonging: A notion of Home, GASP Gallery, Portsmouth.
2015 Here and There, Portsmouth Guildhall.
2015 Awakening, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester.
2014 South-Central, Aspex, Portsmouth.
2014 Vessels, Making Space, Havant.
2014 Someone & Something, Aspex, Portsmouth.
2014 Degree Show, ArtOne, University of Chichester.
2013 Interstices, Chichester Cathedral.
2013 Thixotropic, Otter Gallery, Chichester.
2012 clearspOt, Otter Gallery, Chichester.
2011 Legacy – New Creatives 2010, Space Gallery, Portsmouth.
PROJECTS / INTERSHIPS / RESIDENCIES/ AWARDS
2023 LOOK AT your city - Portsmouth 2023, online project for all, Portsmouth, UK.
2022 Ryde Arts Bursary and Residency: Department, Ryde, UK.
2018 Award: First prize winner at the Bankley Open.
Judged by James Moss, curator at the Portico Library Manchester; Leanne Greene, assistant curator at the Whitworth Gallery; Magnus Quaife, artist and senior lecturer in Fine Art.
2018 Nomination: Nominated to propose for Suvey at Jerwood Visual Arts.
“We approached 35 artist nominators to put forward exceptional early-career artist who are at a moment where they could significantly benefit from a supported exhibition and development opportunity. You are one of 72 artists that have been nominated …” Sarah Williams, Head of programme, JVA.
“Survey is a major exhibition presenting new work by 15 early-career artists from across the UK and it is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood Visual Arts’ 12 years of programming …” Sarah Williams.
2017 Residency: Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
LOOK AT your city project, supported by Lottery Funding Arts Council England.
2012 Internship: CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex.
Work with American artist David Brooks on the production of Picnic Grove.
2011 – 2014 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Chichester – First Class.