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Artist ID: 2211

Natalie Harrison Artist Statement

I am drawn to the aesthetic qualities of jewelry. This interest stems from the color, texture, variety, and the association with the female body that jewelry contains.

I experiment with various manipulations of paint in which the paint strays away from the picture plane and becomes a three-dimensional form. In this body of work, I have molded paint into bead, lace, and floral forms. While the molds themselves remain consistent, the paint allows each bead to have individuality. These pieces are then meditatively collaged together to create a tapestry of paint. These molded forms cover the surface of each panel. They are no longer additions or embellishments to pieces, but the focus. The detail of each piece urges the viewer to slow down and take a closer look.

Natalie Harrison was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA with a concentration in Painting from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and her MFA with a concentration in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. She has shown in Alabama, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Natalie is currently employed with Samford University’s Art Department in Birmingham, AL.

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