My work begins when I come across an object in the world that speaks to me. I am particularly drawn to simple, modest objects with unclear functions or strange shapes: obscure tools and implements, obsolete fixtures, abandoned pieces of furniture. This fascination has led me to create my own curious objects. I often begin by drawing, which allows me to quickly take an image through a series of transformations to arrive at the form I want to make. The construction process consists of trial and error, and I usually "find" the finished sculpture after a negotiation with my materials. My sculptures often allude to functional objects, but their abstract natures and soft constructions keep them firmly rooted in the nonfunctional. These "in-between" objects hang on the wall or lean against it, occupying peripheral interior space. By placing sculptures on the sidelines, I allow them to be both overlooked and perhaps recognized by others.
Natalie Beall (b. 1981, Atlanta, GA) earned her MFA from Columbia University in 2009 and her BFA from the University of Georgia in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout New York City. Her first solo show, Interior Hangings, was hosted by Chashama in 2013. She recently published an artist’s book titled Guest Room which can be found at retailers in New York and Europe. In 2014 she was a fellow at the Lighthouse Works artist residency on Fishers Island, NY. In Summer 2015 she will be an artist in residence at Cooper Union.