Natalie Hunter is a Canadian artist who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. Her work extends across photography, sculpture, installation, and video. Throughout her art practice she explores the poetics of time, chance, perception, light, motion, and making as they relate to sensory comprehension and memory formation. In both image making, sculpture, and their installation, light is fundamental to her process. Whether sculpture or image based she blurs the boundaries between mental and physical spaces, time and memory, material and immaterial sates, in order to make contemplative spaces and experiential encounters that evoke reverie and poetically trace experiences of thought. 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 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, Factory Media Centre, Latcham Art Centre, and Museum London. She is the recipient of several awards including Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Project Grants 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. She is a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo where she recently received an Excellence in Online Teaching Award.
“I am a sculptor who fell in love with images. In my installations, photographs, and sculptures, I challenge the boundaries between mental and physical spaces, time and memory, material and immaterial, light and motion, presence and absence. I am interested in exploring ephemeral and immaterial phenomena like time, light, memory, the senses, space, temporality, and perception through image and material form. Over the past nine years I have produced sculptural installations using photographs on transparent film and other fragile semi- translucent materials like silk and backlit films that engage with the poetics of time, memory, chance, perception, light and the senses. Combining the intangible staples of film exposure—light and time—with the material aspects of sculpture, I explore the luminous, fragile, and transient properties that photographs on transparent film bring to concepts of memory, the passage of time, motion, and space. I often work with photographs on transparent film and other suspended, ephemeral, translucent, malleable, or fragile materials that embody the slippery space of thought, memory, time, and the act of making. Folding, curling, draping, layering, and bending images within space, I create immersive experiences and intricately layered installations that evoke reverie, sensory comprehension, and memory formation while questioning how our bodies flow through physical and non-physical spaces. Pinning my photographs to the wall in layers or undulating waves and draping them over wood, metal, and plexiglass structures, my installations become experiential encounters that speak to the poetics of light and memory, collapse time and space, question our relationships with the material and immaterial worlds we exist in, and how we understand memory, physical, and psychological space.”
© Natalie Hunter.
(forthcoming) Solo exhibition at Smokestack Gallery. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. February - March 2021.
Billows and Breathing Spaces, Centre 3 for Artistic and Social Practice. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. February 5 - March 4th 2020
Sensations of breathing at the sound of light. Solo Exhibition. Factory Media Centre. Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada. September 13th - October 4th, 2019. Exhibition running through the 2019 Hamilton Supercrawl.
Shaping Time: Natalie Hunter, Xiaojing Yan and Lois Schklar at Latcham Art Centre. July 10 - August 24th. Curated by Elisa Coish.
Shaping Time at Latcham Art Centre
Staring Into The Sun. Solo exhibition at Rodman Hall Arts Centre. Hansen Gallery. Curated by Marcie Bronson. January 25th - May 5th 2019. Natalie Hunter, Staring Into The Sun .The artist's first solo museum exhibition.
Recent Press and Reviews:
Ephemeral Architectures: Natalie Hunter at RHAC. Written by Bart Gazzola for The Sound
"The Poetic Everyday: In Conversation with Natalie Hunter". Questions by Adi Berardini. in Femme Art Review: an accessible source of art and culture. July 2019 The Poetic Everyday: In Conversation with Natalie Hunter
"Other Peoples Pixels Interviews Natalie Hunter". Questions by Chicago based artist and writer Stacia Yeapanis. in Other Peoples Pixels Blog. February 2020. Chicago, IL, USA. Other Peoples Pixels Blog
"Looking back to previous sensations". The Silhouette. By Nisha Gill. Looking back to previous sensations
Optic Nerve Honourable Mention 2018. BlackFlash Magazine. June 2018 issue. Jurors: Joi T. Arcand, John G. Hampton, Kara Uzelman BlackFlash: Optic Nerve 2018
Guest Artist. SAD (Sculpture A Day) by Sara Graham. 2020. Sculptureaday Guest Artist: Natalie Hunter
Above documentation image by Andrew Butkevicius