This is the story of an artists journey; returning to Cornwall, reconnecting, coming full circle.
Rich in mining and ritualistic history, these rural landscapes have been calling me to investigate and contemplate what is above and below ground, the human impact on nature, our place in this world. With this body of work I continue to explore the use of natural pigments and paints made from the earth - these are paintings about the land, made of the land.
These pieces were made to exhibit alongside The Botallack Collection at the Royal Cornwall Museum, April to June 2023. Showcased alongside writings, film and a curated selection of the Museum's world-renowned mineral collection, This Land was an immersive experience that stirred deep emotions in many of the visitors.
Video Credit Jasper Fell-Clark
From the Press Release:
Bryony Robins, creative director at the Royal Cornwall Museum, says: “We are delighted to exhibit Natalie’s work at Royal Cornwall Museum. Not only is the work of exceptional quality, it speaks directly to the things that are important to the museum - about this unique land we call Cornwall, the very earth and minerals beneath our feet, our heritage landscape and the imagination and ingenuity that fuels Cornish creativity. It is an absolute privilege to show such exceptional work by an artist from Cornwall.”
Paintings, film and writing will connect the audience to the landscape through Natalie’s observations and processes, enabling them to experience her perception of the land and inviting them to contemplate their own feelings and thoughts about these ancient lands.
A programme of workshops facilitated by Natalie and Meet the Artist events will run throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Jamie MacDonald-Murray, chair of Lisarb Energy - the corporate sponsor of the exhibition - said: “Born in the South West myself, I was drawn to Natalie’s journey and her connection with the same natural environment in which I grew up, and in which I founded Lisarb. Natalie’s work echoes Lisarb’s own ethos. We harness the power of rugged land and seascapes with respect, while better understanding the cultural and commercial relationship between the earth below and our activities above.”