La Joya 2017 Mural Unveiling

Exciting news! For months I’ve been collaborating with Reyes Padilla on a large-scale exterior mural installation for the Harwood Art Center. We’re getting ready to install the work to the front of the building’s brick facade during the last week in February. Please join us for the unveiling of the mural at Harwood’s Encompass event on Saturday, March 4th. The mural, titled La Joya 2017, is a contemplation on the history of the building as a school for girls in the 1920s and 30s and the ways in which history lingers and subtly informs the present. Encompass is also an open studio event. Come visit me in studio S6 in the southwest corner of the second floor. More info about the event and mural here.  If you can’t make it, drive by sometime after March 4th and take a look; the mural will be up for the rest of 2017.

Encompass: Mural Unveiling and Open Studio
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
5 – 8 pm
Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM

BARED Anthology and Exhibition

I am thrilled to have my work included in an incredible anthology compiled by Laura Madeline Wiseman and Sally Deskins at Les Femmes Folles Press! BARED: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts is a unique contemplation of the female body through the lens of the female gaze. Here’s a short summary from Amazon:
Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts collects the work of 170 contemporary women poets and artists. Exploring the gendered narratives that clothe and fashion the body, gender subversion, the traditional male gaze, feminist theories, and more, the artists and poets collected in Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts resist given narratives about the breast and bra by boldly presenting alternatives in written and visual art.”
You can score a copy of the book here. The corresponding exhibition at The Diamond Shop in Morgantown, WV, opens Friday, March 3rd, 6pm – 10pm. If you happen to be in West Virginia, stop by and take some pictures for me! 😉

 

Get a copy of Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts here.

BARED Exhibition
Friday, March 3rd
6 – 10 pm
The Diamond Shop
Morgantown, WV

Idiomatic, the Book, Publishing Soon!

Idiomatic Book Publishing Soon!

The layout, design, and file work for the Idiomatic book are complete and it all heads out to the publisher this week! Self-producing a book – the the layout and design, the writing and editing, the technical details of publishing – has truly been an adventure.  I am excitedly looking forward to the book release and I hope you are too. Seeing it all come together has been thrilling and I can’t wait for you to be able to hold the end result in your hands. Next steps are reviewing proofs from the publisher, receiving the shipment of books, hand-detailing the covers, and shipping them out to you. I’ll keep you posted as we navigate these last few steps. If you are interested in purchasing a book, there are some available here or send me an email. I’m planning some book talks to celebrate the book release in the new year and I’d love to see you if you’re able to join me for any of them. I’ll let you know the dates and locations as things unfold.

I’m wishing you a bright and joyous holiday season.

With Gratitude,
~Natalie

Prelude Exhibition & Silent Auction; and Hands On Albuquerque Show

Prelude Postcard

Harwood Art Center’s Prelude Exhibition & Silent Auction

I’m honored to be able to contribute to the Harwood Art Center’s Prelude exhibition and silent auction fundraiser. My piece, Harwood Ghost #1, is a contemplation of the opportunities and limitations faced by young women in the 1930’s American Southwest. It’s inspired by the history of Albuquerque’s Harwood building – originally a school for girls built in 1920. Like lingering ghosts, the issues of agency and opportunity the piece wrestles with continue to be relevant to us today. (I’m continuing to explore these themes and history in a large scale mural collaborative installation that I’m working on with Reyes Padilla for the Harwood Art Center. More info on that coming soon!) You can get a peak at the Prelude exhibition and more information here. The auction closes with an exhibition event, Saturday, December 3rd, 6 – 8 pm, at the Harwood Art Center.

Hands On Albuquerque by We Are This City

I’m also happy to be a part of Hands On Albuquerque, a community-based art event featuring 80 local artists organized by We Are This City. You can check it out December 1st, 5 pm – midnight, at Nob Hill Bar and Grill. More information here. I’ll be there between 7:30 and 10 pm.

“Idiomatic” Art Book and Installation Kickstarter Campaign!

BIG NEWS: I’ve spent months working on a project that involves building an installation using 40 life-size charcoal portraits, pink thread, paint, and lots of plexiglass. I’m also creating a limited edition book that captures the vibe of the installation in an alternate form. I’ll only be able to pull it all off with your help! To find out more, please check out my Kickstarter page.

This is your chance to score a copy of Idiomatic, the book, and to support the entire installation portrait project at the same time! Please take a moment to check it out and share the Kickstarter link with anyone you think might be interested.

The Idiomatic installation is a part of my show at 5G gallery opening this July. More info coming soon!

I am so grateful for all your support and encouragement.