Solo show at Retramp Gallery, Berlin October 2018
‘Metamorphosis’ presents a show by Natasha McDowell who creates painted and mixed media images as well as digitally manipulated images that serve to re-contextualize the former. Her practice is rooted in drawing and allowing forms to emerge naturally whilst meditating on, and filtering through, visible and sensory information. As a highly sensitive person, McDowell has come to depend on the creative process as a way to navigate a world which feels increasingly steeped in conflict–a place of immense joy and anxiety-inducing instability. She believes that through art, we are able to steady ourselves enough to concisely embody an explorative, curious approach to living and experiencing. In this transient place, the human spirit is offered ample room for expansion and metamorphosis.
A guiding theme throughout her work is an interest in visual codes and how these are interpreted and translated by the individual depending on their personal history and experience. Regardless of the context, perception is key. Be it the elusive, evolving patterns and systems of the plant world, or the ever-expanding visual vocabulary created by musicians/composers to illustrate or locate sound. There is something innately abstract about these modes of communication that leave much room for interpretation.
Born in 1986, London, UK, McDowell studied art and art history at Bristol University and lives and works in Berlin.
19.10 – 04.11.2018
Wednesday – Sunday 2-7pm
Private View Invitation
In The Frame invites you to join us for the opening of Evolve / Involve, an exhibition that brings together four unique artists working across various disciplines and media, all of whom respond to themes concerning our natural environment.
This second exhibition in London by InTheFrame, Evolve/Involve, brings together four female artists from across Europe and North America. Presented through five diverse but complementary media, the exhibition in its totality questions the nature of mankind and nature's evolution, rebirth, and transformation. Join us to reflect upon our natural environment through an inquisitive lens.
Open to public 5 Oct—10 Nov 2018 / Private view 4 Oct, 6pm. Artists in attendance
8-10 Queensberry Pl, London, SW7-2EA
For queries: Noor Kadhim email@example.com, founder, InTheFrame
“Light After Dark”
This body of work explores cycles of growth, birth, death and renewal as they occur, mutate and transform in the botanical world. Our current understanding of nature’s mutable, adaptable capabilities is evolving alongside an escalating global preoccupation with digital mediums and technology. Is our incessant filtering of the visible world impacting what is considered real? Or at the very least, our expectations of how forms should appear?
Seemingly ‘natural’ images are increasingly subjected to multiple digital effects and layers before reaching an audience. In experimenting with and applying these to paintings, components are altered and subverted in unexpected ways. One thing can be transformed into another instantaneously, producing a vague or obvious likeness.
An ongoing series of prints present ghosted vessels or mutations resembling their original hosts, each possessing a haunting, albeit insidious beauty.
Painted works stand alone as musings on Platonic forms, whilst providing the point of origin for each print. Seen in conjunction,
a fluctuation between light and dark emerges, precipitating a looming bifurcation. In employing and suffusing traditional and digital mediums, the forms depicted in this series appear to occupy multiple dimensions at once, whilst at other moments being dissected and reorganized.
What remains are components and environments faintly familiar but persistently abstract; of this world whilst simultaneously foreshadowing that which globalised ecologies and human impact might facilitate. In our persistent toying with nature/the natural an alluring visual vocabulary continuously unfurls.