Plant life has an uncanny relationship to the human body. Its unrelenting growth and mutable potential inspires a breed of vivacity and fecundity I want to evoke through paint. In the primordial pool, genes bump into genes, join together and mutate. My work focuses on the kinships and volatilities of disparate organic life, filtered through psychological expression. In these painterly meditations on natural cycles and mortality, the gravity of serious contemplation gives way to absurdity and strangeness when we see ourselves mirrored and transformed in nature. Double entendre and rebus-like figural arrangements are expressed through paint, emphasizing a mutability of forms. The real and the ridiculous intermingle in a re‐imaged universe where fear and desire are not mutually exclusive.
Natalie Westbrook received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2010. She received her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the Allen R. Hite Art Institute of the University of Louisville in 2004. While in Louisville she curated Documents, Monuments, Potential Investments at Gallery X, and worked as an assistant to the Contemporary Art Curator of the Speed Art Museum. She received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2002. She has received numerous grants and residencies, including The Cooper Union Summer Artist Residency, The Ora Lerman Trust Soaring Gardens Residency, The Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship, and the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting.