Natalie Hunter was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is the recipient of many Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grants, and Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Project Grants. She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions, including: Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Smokestack Gallery, Hamilton Supercrawl, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor, Centre 3 for artistic + social practice, Factory Media Centre, Latcham Art Centre, Museum London, Propeller Art Gallery, John B. Aird Gallery, and the University of Manitoba School of Arts Gallery, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo where she is a sessional instructor, and received an Excellence in Online Teaching Award (2017). She lives and works in her home city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Artist Statement

Natalie Hunter is an interdisciplinary artist working between photography, sculpture, installation, and the moving image. Her work engages with the poetics of time, memory, perception, and the senses - with an emphasis on embodied experience, materiality, personal memory and identity, light, space, motion, and stasis. She often employs the immaterial principles of photography - light and time - with the material aspects of sculpture in her installations. With a fascination for both image making and working with materials by hand she explores the complexities of memory, the senses, and space as they relate to consciousness, everyday experience, and the spaces in which we dwell. Her evocative installations composed of image and sculpture create contemplative spaces and experiential encounters that become poetic meditations on the act of making, the fragility of memory, and our relationships with the material and immaterial worlds we exist in.

For the past decade she has primarily produced multilayered and immersive photo-based installations on transparent film. In both image making, sculpture, and their installation, light is fundamental to her process. Working with translucent silk, transparent, colour, reflective, and backlit films, she drapes, folds, curls, and bends images in space over hand formed metal, wood, or acrylic glass armatures. Durational in nature, these sculptures and installations change based on the time of day, the angle of the sun, the quality of light, or a viewer's perspective. Whether sculpture or image based she engages with materials and form while drawing attention to the ways in which light affects our perceptions of time and place, and the spaces in which we dwell. The translucency and mutability of her sculptures, installations, and images resonate with the fluidity of thought, memory, and the senses. Witnessing the slow passage of light through time, her work reflects upon the nature of personal memory and identity, time and place, embodiment and being, psychology of space, consciousness, and the unfixed image in our digitally saturated culture.

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