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The sense of air and space, and how we as humans move through it, is something I am continually drawn to. This body of work consists of central events displayed in a sea of space, with the intent to create room for human movement.

When I work, there’s often a push and pull, an up and then letting go, a play with gravity. The idea rarely starts with a concrete subject, but instead appears through visceral rhythms and tracks that push against and give into each other. They seem to create an inhale and exhale effect, reminiscent of not just our obvious movements as humans but of the more subtle ones as well. They end up as a picture of my relationship with the surface, a visual memory of what happened between us.

If I look at a work and it starts to feel contained, I get agitated on its behalf – as if it’s alive and needs air. I suspect the compulsive nature of the movement is partly related to the need to stay alive, to be human. This acute awareness of freedom is my single indication for the way forward. The more I feel like I can breathe when I look, the closer I am to completion.

The more I feel like I can breathe,
the closer I am to completion.

A Chicago native, Natalie holds a studio fine art degree and is a graduate of Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Shasta College. In 2016, she was selected for the Barbara Jane Carr Scholarship for excellence in the visual arts. Natalie is pleased to have recently joined the artistic community in Austin, TX and to have been selected for the Open 30 Juried Exhibit at the Martha Fenstermaker Gallery. You can follow her behind the scenes on Instagram at @natalieshawart.


2019 WEST Austin Studio Tour, Ao5 Gallery, Austin TX | Opens May 11th

2019 Dialogic, Cement Loop Gallery, Austin TX | Opens April 27th

2018 Open 30 Juried Exhibit, Martha Fenstermaker Gallery, Laredo TX

2018 In The Beginning (Solo Exhibit), Joy Organics, Austin TX

2018 Untamed (Solo Exhibit), Theory Collaborative, Redding CA

2018 Annual Show, Liberty Arts Contemporary Gallery, Yreka CA

2017 Art in the City (Solo Exhibit), Redding City Hall, Redding CA

2017 Forgeries, Carter House Gallery, Redding CA

2017 Works of Honorable Mention, Chico Art Center Online Gallery, Chico CA

2017 Go Home, Carter House Gallery, Redding CA

2017 Air & Other Spaces (Solo Exhibit), The Stirring, Redding CA

2017 Old Alturas Home Staging Event, Redding CA

2017 Shasta Lake Showcase, Heritage Art Center, Shasta City CA

2017 Home, Siskiyou Arts Museum, Dunsmuir CA

2016 Impressions, Liberty Arts Contemporary Gallery, Yreka CA

2016 Shasta College Year End Show, Shasta College Gallery, Redding CA | Award Winner

2016 Moves of Nature (Solo Exhibit), Shasta College Library Gallery, Redding CA

2016 Jamieson Ct Home Staging Event, Redding CA

2016 Shasta College Art Show, O Street Gallery, Redding CA

2016 Andrew Patterson-Tutschka Online Exhibit