Artist Prepares for McColl Center Residency

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Artist Natalie Bork received an $875 2013 Regional Artist Project Grant to support the rental of studio space during an upcoming residency at McColl Center for Visual Art.  To find out more about the Regional Artist Project Grant, click here.

By Natalie Bork

I’m honored to be one of the Regional Project Grant recipients.  The funding provides for my studio costs at the McColl Center during my Affiliate Artist Residency this summer.

Photo by Mark Osborn

I’ll be able to work on my sculptures in a creative and temperature controlled environment. It is also a great location for members from our community to swing by, view and be a part of the process of creating. The space will allow me to create a solid series of artwork to prepare for my museum and gallery proposals – The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh being one of them. The grant will also free up funds to purchase more paints, glass and cutting tools.

During my residency, I plan on using the spacious studio space to work on several of my sculptures at once. The layout of the studio is perfect for ping-ponging between paintings, sculptures and carvings. As I move amongst the artwork, during the process each piece will be informing the next. Eventually a dialogue will emerge amongst the sculptures housed in the studio.

Photo by Mark Osborn

It is my intention to create a set of seven, various sized, hollow cylinders that suspend from a steel cable and float above the ground at different heights. Shaylor Knight will be assisting me with the development and creation of the cylindrical forms. The other body of work will focus on colorful, fused glass pieces that are slumped into various forms and telescope off the wall at various depths. It will still have the same under-lying meaning, “Letting go or Revealing Memories?”

Currently, my body of work explores an abstract approach to painting, concentrating on alternative processes and the physicality of the material. The work combines a two dimensional painted surface with a three dimensional form. The main emphasis of the work focuses on memories which are visually conveyed through layers of paint. Some layers of paint are permanently buried. Other layers are aggressively eradicated leaving only small ghost traces. How much a preceding paint layer reveals itself depends on its impact, both visual and emotional. In this way the works become a vehicle to convey a struggle between holding onto memories and letting go, both in life and art.

To learn more about Artist Natalie Bork, click here.