In 2021 the Foundation will experiment with a new format for our Residency Programme that will act as a response to creating art and building community during the time of social distancing.
From using Instagram as a sketchbook to online open discussions and virtual happenings - the 2021 Residency with Native American artist Natalie Ball will exist in various digital formats throughout the year.
Our goal is to create an easily accessible environment that allows Ball to experiment with new forms of creating and engaging with the public by sharing her studio practice and research behind the making of new work in response to current environmental and political concerns.
Natalie Ball works in a tradition of West Coast/California Assemblage, reminiscent of the 1970s Los Angeles Funk based free Assemblage. Through her chosen objects, attributed to indigenous identity, Natalie reassesses indigeneity as a space outside of bounded thinking.
"I developed my studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience as the foundation to create painted textiles and sculptures as Power Objects. Through auto-ethnography, I attempt to move ‘Indian’ outside of governing discourses to offer a visual genealogy that refuses to line up with the many constructed existences of Native Americans.”
Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Half Gallery, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Blum & Poe, LA; Portland Art Museum, OR; Gagosian, NY; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Almine Rech Gallery, FR; and SculptureCenter, NY. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.
The Foundation will also develop a new digital educational platform, which will initiate discourse and share knowledge. Working with past residency artists, the platform will develop FREE online Master Classes, Open Discussions and Children's Education on the subject of environmentalism.