Natasha completed her Master of Fine Art from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Art in 2014. During her time at Elam she was a recipient of the NICAI Summer Scholarship (2013-2014) where she researched utility and function in relation to art. As well as a vibrant exhibition and curatorial practice Natasha is also a writer whose work has been published in Lead Us Outside, Lead Us Out Quietly, compiled by Talia Smith for a show of the same name,
Natasha has a diverse practice with interests which include how culture can be discussed with fluidity in art through a lived experience. In addition to this, she looks at the social function of art and objects, exploring how the presence of objects, particularly objects with a domestic familiarity, affect human life. Through looking at how art makes a social impact on the world she explores how function is not necessarily about utility. In questioning human necessity versus want, design principles become very important to the work.
The work that started with Natasha’s NICAI Summer Scholarship (2013-2014) was continued into her Masters. Through the utilisation of furniture, Natasha also explores the economic struggles in our community, questioning how one can have a better quality life with as little material possessions as possible or through the innovation of pre-owned materials. The question is then raised, are we still living in a post war society? Through formalist boxes, she investigates nostalgia, DIY aesthetic and the social implications of artworks - in this case, it is a Modernist conversation that deals with the 'form follows function' question. What is function and how does form follow it if it is not defined?
Natasha has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions including: This Sky, Too, Is Folding Under You, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2017; Futuristic Coconut, Te Tuhi, 2016; Election2014, Rm Gallery, 2014; The Comfort Zone, West Space, NICAI – Auckland, 2014; Evolving Correlations, George Fraser Gallery, 2014; Siapo Cinema, The New Zealand Film Archive, 2014. OFFSTAGE5, Artspace, 2013; Tender is the Night, Projectspace B431, 2013; Nga Mahi Toi, Projectspace b431, 2012; It’s All Over Now, Artspace Mezzanine, 2012; Next Wave’s Fresh Produce, Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, 2012; <3, Projectspace B431, 2012. As well as exhibiting Natasha is also a young curator, some of these shows include Awkward Feelings, George Fraser Gallery, 2014; Backyard Gesture, Ironbank in association with Biz Dojo & Tautai, 2014.