Documentation photo credit: Andrew Butkevicius
Natalie Hunter is a Canadian Artist who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario; a city known for it's industrial steel manufacturing history. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted in the medium of photography and also extends to sculpture, installation, video, and drawing. She often produces experiential installations using photographs on transparent film, light, and other fragile materials that question time, memory, the archive, perception, space, motion, and lived experience. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Art in Visual Art with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Brock University (First Class Standing). She is the recipient of several awards including an Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Project Grant for Emerging Artists, a Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant, the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Grant, Sylvia Knight Award in Fine Arts (co-recipient), Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and a President’s Graduate Scholarship from the University of Waterloo. In 2012 she interned with sculptor and installation artist Soo Sunny Park at Dartmouth College. She has shown her work in Canada and the United States in numerous exhibitions, including: the Hamilton Supercrawl, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Hopkins Centre For the Arts at Dartmouth College, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Centre 3 for Print and Media Arts, Ryerson Image Centre, and Museum London. In the summer of 2017 she completed a permanent public art installation commissioned by the City of Kitchener for the Bridgeport Community Centre titled Pieces of Light. She is a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo teaching Digital Imaging, Contemporary Art, and Digital Photography.
Natalie Hunter's practice extends across photography, installation, sculpture, video, and works on paper. She is concerned with the transformation of materials, objects, and images in ways that evoke an emotive or psychological response in the viewer. Her practice explores how the sensorium shapes perceptions of human memory, time, lived experience, and consciousness. Drawing upon personal history and forms of storytelling her installations traverse the boundaries between perceptions of past and present, reality and fiction, material and immaterial, presence and absence, motion and stasis, body and mind. She often uses light, transparent film and other fragile materials to produce sensorial and spatial installations that explore memory, the archive, the self, and the fragility of lived experience. In this way her work embraces chance, and considers the material and experimental possibilities of hybrid image and object making in a digital age. Hovering between image and object, physical experience and visual plane, she becomes a storyteller who uses image, materials, objects, and form to communicate the complex emotional and psychological affects that images have on body and mind as we navigate a digitally saturated world.