My work is about the exploration of the figure in visually textured and layered surfaces. I create paintings and mixed pieces that investigate the combination of representational imagery, abstracted positive and negative space, texture and color. Outside of clothing, there is no real connection to time in my work; place becomes an abstracted construct. What intrigues me is the illusion of time and the unspoken communication of body language; the personality and character that is exuded in a captured moment. Outside of clothing, there is no real connection to when the depicted events take place.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Natasha Somerville is an Indiana based painter and educator originally from Kentucky. In 2007 she earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design where she graduated with honors. She completed her M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of Kentucky in 2011. She’s taught at the University of Kentucky and The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. Currently, she’s the Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting at Indiana University at South Bend.
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