"TRANSITION_study." :: An Installation by Natalie Dunham
July 6-28, 2012
Change has been the constant in the past year of Natalie Dunham’s life, so it’s not surprising that the concept of transition found its way into her work.
“Transition is something we all experience; it’s as common as the mundane items I use in my work. As I lived out my days, garnering new experiences and trying to make sense of the whole, I was also accumulating objects in my studio – shims, plastic grapes, twine and more – and exploring new ways to piece them all together. Both scenarios asked the same things of me: patience, endurance, grace for myself and others (or my materials) in the process.”
“A year later, I find that my work has shifted as I have changed. The perfect lines, flat surfaces and tendency toward straightness and perfection – all of which evidenced a subconscious need for order and control when life seemed crazy – are gone. Shim and twine taught me to twist and turn with my work, not to be afraid of pieces that didn’t end up perfectly square and balanced. Because you can’t maintain control over anything – least of all life. So you embrace that reality and figure out how to use it. It’s all about your response.”
If you love one of the pieces in the exhibit and are interested in purchasing it for your home or lobby or office or another large space, great! But please be aware that Natalie can also create pieces tailored to your space using any of the materials you see here OR something else you have in mind. She likes to work with large quantities of the same item – and is open to working with new materials that might convey who you are as a family, company, corporation or business. Call the gallery if you have questions.