Nancy Natale

Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA

Geometry organizes my love of materials and process into coherent forms. My Running Stitch series, for example, may be understood as referencing memory, or at least the way we think about memory as a series of events, observations and experiences framed by time. This series celebrates the horizontal lines of fences, roads, tiles, maps and marks. Book titles and text from record albums juxtapose messages and provide tags for interpretation by readers. I use multitudes of tacks to attach the strips I cut from various materials. Tacks catch the light and provide a counterpointed rhythm to the horizontality of the strips.

In other series, found and unconventional materials such as rubber from inner tubes and leather from discarded handbags bring to the works their connection to former uses and add dimension, both literal and figurative. Treated metal adds shimmer and variety as well as a patina of wear or age. Destruction of the original objects and transformation into the new works of art allude to my history of process and increase the mix of color, pattern, and texture.

Most of my works also use encaustic, the beeswax paint that adds a sensuous, skin-like surface and muscular dimensionality. Pigment suspended in encaustic reflects light and provides rich, deep color to the work. Encaustic also lets me add a thin, somewhat cloudy surface to some materials I use to give them an appearance of distance or timelessness


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