Natalie Harrison was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and her MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. Natalie currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. Harrison subtlety layers several different disciplines into her process. She borrows elements of sculpture, collage, assemblage and textiles in such a way that a multiplicity of dialogues begin to occur. Her painting’s saturated color fields and tactile textures draw in the viewer but the memory inducing media and rigorous labor intensive process drives the deeper questions and connections.
I am drawn to the aesthetic qualities of jewelry. This interest stems from the color, texture, variety and the association with the female body that jewelry contains. I experiment with various manipulations of paint in which the paint strays away from the picture plane and becomes a three dimensional form. In this body of work, I have molded paint into bead, lace and floral forms. While the molds themselves remain consistent, the paint allows each bead to have individuality. These pieces are then meditatively collaged together to create a tapestry of paint. These molded forms cover the surface of each panel. They are no longer additions or embellishments to pieces, but the focus. The detail of each piece urges the viewer to slow down and take a closer look.