I’m an artist living in London. My fundamental activity is with fine art mosaics but of course my life informs my art and as such there is a bit more to it. I may specialise in mosaic but if something which interests me comes along, I’m often unable to resist! I’ve been tempted more than once by urban installation, filmwork, community schemes, sometimes involving mosaic but sometimes not. The largest non-mosaic project I devised and curated was called The Glow Project, more of which later.
In my mosaic work, when not working on fixed commissions or client-led designs, I’m mostly drawn to expressing philosophical notions. I guess the themes which I keep returning to whether consciously or not, are: life and death, the future and our attitude to it, and perhaps most of all nature and man’s place in it. It seems amazing to me that though we are as much a part of nature as anything else, we have for so long attempted to dominate and control it and only now are suddenly realising just how small we are by comparison. I feel this tension nearly every time I start a mosaic and I’m trying to freeze or capture the grace and fluidity of nature’s perfect lines in the obdurate, hard, fixed medium that is mosaic. I’m increasingly drawn to this challenge, whether it be how to render the shape of the wind in the grass or the movement of lava over rocks. As an example, for the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed by the spiral. From the incredible shape of our galaxy to just the water going down the plughole, the spiral is the fundamental form of nature and yet one which remains both incredibly familiar and utterly mysterious. Trying to render spirals in mosaics seems to completely embody that conflict.
Ultimately, whether I’m making a film, a mosaic or an installation, I love working out how things fit together like a puzzle to create the whole. Perhaps my most monumental example of this is THE GLOW PROJECT which I hope explains this tendency in glorious technicolour! In GLOW the treasured memories, photographs, significant objects and images of the people of Brighton were my mosaic tiles and the final extravaganza was my finished mosaic.
My ultimate motivation is that I know if I don’t create my vision, no one else will.
• Nathalie's work was selected for the second time at prestigious international exhibition, Mosaic Arts International, Tacoma, U.S.A. The exhibition ran from 26 Jan until 5 May, 2013, at The Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.
• Biennale Internationales de Mosaique - selected and exhibited in the professional category, Chartres, France (2012).
• South London Mosaic Artists – Group exhibition, The Jeanne Avent Art Gallery, East Dulwich – London (2012)
• SLWA Bankside Exhibition 2012 – Group exhibition, The Bankside Gallery, London (2012)
• Mosaic Art International 2012 – Group exhibition, The Lexington Center Museum and Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A. (2012)
• Roman Palace – BAMM Group exhibition, Fishbourne (2011)
• Southfields Gallery, Wimbledon (2011)
• Solo exhibition Jeannie Avent Gallery, East Dulwich (2009)
• Group exhibition at the Brighton and Hove City Council (2006)
• Solo exhibition during the ”Open house Festival” with a group of artists called “Central Brighton artists” during the May Festival (2003)
• Group exhibition at “Decorative Art” Art gallery (2003 until 2006)
• Solo exhibition during the ”Open house Festival” with a group of artists called “Space in our hearts” during the May Festival (2002)
• Solo exhibitions at the Brighton Artist Gallery in Brighton (2002 and 2003)
• Group exhibition – During “Les portes ouvertes” – Paris (2000 and 2001)
Nathalie is a member of:
• BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics) (professional member)
• SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Aristis) (professional member)
• SLWA (South London Women Artists)
Nathalie is also:
• Selected for the second time at prestigious international exhibition, Mosaic Arts International, Tacoma, U.S.A. The exhibition runs from 26 Jan until 5 May, 2013, at The Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.
• Selected for prestigious "Rencontres Internationales de Mosaique" a Chartres, France 2012
• Selected for the prestigious Mosaic Arts International 2012 exhibition in Lexington USA by the Society of American Mosaic Artists.
• Finalist in Craft & Design magazine’s Selected Award Winners 2012 (Specialist Media)
For more information, visit Nathalie's website at: http://www.mosaicworlds.com/