In the work that I create, I seek to represent the figure as a malleable reflection of the subject. The figure is set on paper in much the same way a person is placed into life, with flaws, unpredictable beauties, imprecise edges, and blurred definitions. I've noticed that in our technologically oriented culture we seek perfection in both the reproduction of products and in ourselves. In my work, however, I use silkscreen and printmaking techniques—usually tools for perfection—to emphasize the individual imperfections of a single piece, whether an object or a person. While some of my work is conceptually based, the overall emphasis is in the felt experience. When painting from a model, a photograph, or an image in my mind, I begin from an internal place of emotional observance, allowing the technical aspects to follow. Using watercolors allows for the blending of form and a process of creating a sequence of layers that evokes ideas of space and time. Meanwhile, the repetition involved in printmaking creates a community of figures, either anonymous or easily recognizable, to show commonalities of human experience. My work has always been predominantly figurative, since I find human beings endlessly fascinating and I express my observations through my work. As a child and young adult I moved around, from New York to Kansas City, then Alabama to Chicago and Texas to Florida. I encountered different skylines, main streets, landforms, and changing seasons, but what fascinated me most were the people. With such shallow roots in any particular place, I have been an observer more often than a participant. At first, the people in each place seemed very different, with different speech patterns, likes and dislikes, and goals in life—but I observed they shared common passion, suffering, joy, and pain. In my work, I seek to lead viewers and myself into these shared experiences rather than differences. My work encourages the viewer to think about the condition of being human, both as an individual and as part of a community.
- September- January: Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany. I worked on a project specific to Berlin and participated in open studios through the residency.
- January : Delta Art Center, Masaka, Uganda. I taught art to under privileged children in Uganda, Africa, I also spent time working on my current art project and I traveled the country to experience life there. Awarded a Kickstarter grant for $3000.00 to go to Uganda to complete this project.
- October: Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China- I participated in the Beijing art scene. I showed my work while there in the studio and gallery.
- 2011 Dec: Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin,Germany- Of Man
- 2010 Aug: Pump Project, Austin,TX, USA- The Family of Man in Watercolor
- 2013 April: Lowe Museum of Art, Miami, FL, Juried Show, Won the Marion Jefferson Award
- 2012 Nov: East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX, City wide art tour of studios
- Aug:TransXpress,Beijing, China to Moscow, Russia, A project on the Trans-Siberian Express
- Aug: University of Miami Gallery, Group Show
- 2011 Dec: TamTam Art, Berlin, Germany- 1+1=11
- 2010 July: Pump Project, Austin, TX- The Hot Prints Show
- 2008 May: Pump Project, Austin, TX- Little Gifts show
- March: The Austin Figurative Gallery, Austin, TX
- February: The Austin Figurative Gallery, Austin, TX
- 2007 Sept.-Nov.: Circle Infiniti Art Space, San Antonio, TX, Scene Me
- 2006 July- Dec.: The Root Cellar, San Marcos, TX
- 2005 Aug.- October 2005: Atlanta Artists Center 2005 National Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, Second Place Winner
- May- June: PAA 2005 National Juried exhibition, Plano, TX
- May- June: Southeast Regional Juried exhibition, Niceville, Florida
- May: BFA Thesis Show, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- 2004 Summer: August House Gallery, Chicago, IL- Waterworks
- 2003 July- August: Skopelos Art Foundation, Skopelos, Greece
- 2001 April: Art Bash (SAIC), Chicago, IL
- 2000-2005: Merit Scholarship Recipient (SAIC)
- 2001- June 2005: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasis in painting and video production.
- Fall 2003: Auburn University- Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, studied business, advertising, and marketing for one semester as a complement to my art skills.
- June 2003: Summer Study trip: Greece, Visited antiquities in Athens, Kalambaka, and Skopelos. Participated in workshops on different methods of printing (oil and watercolor monoprints, etching, etc.)
- August 1999: The Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.: Summer Program
Work Experience2007- current: Bluebird Design, Austin, TX, Owner www.bluebirdesign.com Create original designs for murals, decorative painting, and faux finishes for residential and commercial spaces. We specialize in restoration as well. My company is also working on a line of high end art wallpaper. We travel all over the U.S. to meet our customer’s needs.
Natalya Kochak 312.933.6626
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