• Half-Life History of an Unstable Existence, Watercolor on Vellum, 2014
  • Work in Progress
  • Half-Life History of an Unstable Existence, Watercolor on Vellum, 2014
  • Half-Life History of an Unstable Existence, Watercolor on Vellum, 2014
  • The Vinegar Syndrome, Watercolor on Vellum, 2ft. x 6ft., 2014
  • Through the Fractal Lens, Watercolor on Vellum, 2ft. x 6ft.,  2014
  • Half-Life History of an Unstable Existence, Watercolor on Vellum, 2014
  • The Bruised Fruit Series, Installation view, Waterbased silkscreen and monoprints on paper, 2005- 2012 (ongoing)
  • Unguarded Hour of Bliss- Waterbased silkscreen on paper-2006- 24in x 25in

Statement

In the work that I create I seek to represent the figure as the malleable reflection of a 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 contemporary culture we strive for streamlined perfection in both the manufacturing of products and in ourselves. In my work, however, I use silkscreen and printmaking techniques – usually tools for consistent reproduction – to emphasize the individual imperfections of a single piece, be it an object or a person. . . . . While conceptual foundations ground my body of work, 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. From there the technical aspects follow. My use of medium is complimentary to this approach, as the watercolor and marbleized blending of form creates effects to challenge the rule of linear thought. Meanwhile, the repetition involved in printmaking creates a community of figures, either anonymous or easily recognizable, to show commonalities of the human experience. . . . . My work has always been primarily figurative, as I find human beings endlessly fascinating and my observations are expressed 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 Miami. I encountered different skylines, main streets, landforms, and changing seasons, but what fascinated me most were the people. With such short roots in any particular place I have up until now 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 passions, sufferings, joys, 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.

Resume

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Artist Residencies

2011
  • 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.
2010
  • October: Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China- I participated in the Beijing art scene. I showed my work while there in the studio and gallery.

 

Solo Shows

  • 2011    Dec: Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin,Germany- Of Man
  • 2010    Aug: Pump Project, Austin,TX, USA- The Family of Man in Watercolor

Group Shows

  • 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)

Education

  • 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 Experience

2007- 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.

Contact

Natalya Kochak 312.933.6626

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