Artist - Natalie Walker
Natalie is an established contemporary artist engaging with spray paint and resin in a most beautiful way. Her latest work replicates the look and feel of Aotearoa’s precious Pounamu greenstone and is both exquisite visually and technically refined.
Her work defines a space and adds a spiritual and calming element.
Natalie Walker’s collection tells the story of her journey of self-discovery and of her whakapapa. It is the telling of her tūpuna, the acknowledgement of their reality, their journey and their whakareretanga (legacy): “The gathering of Taonga to create Korowai. My Awa Te Hoiere (the Pelorus river) Pakohe (argillite), and Pounamu (greenstone), Te Moana (the sea), Tūrangawaewae (a place to stand and belong)”.
Natalie puts creativity into meaningful pieces that go beyond the usual boundaries of resin and spray paint, challenging and allowing her to step out of her comfort zone and create a point of difference from her fellow resin artists. Establishing from the outset a dialogue with her chosen components, the materials have been cast to create an interaction with and be similar to raw stone and rock formations, keeping a conscious smoothness about them. Diluted solvent and resin is manipulated to mimic stone or rock being pulled from the awa, consenting to a rippled mirror effect, a similar effect to that seen when you place your feet in the sand as the waters ebb away. The visual presentation of this allows the viewer to place themselves in that moment of time while contemplating perhaps the stars of ‘whānau ariki’ or the sunset ‘whānau mārama’. As an artist Natalie wishes to recreate this viewpoint: for the observer to sit in their ‘whare’ and contemplate the spectacle of our environment below, within and above us. This collection of pieces has its own story but has the elements of sisterhood: each piece is individual but co-dependent and part of a whakapapa. This is Wahine Matike.