Invisible, deconstructed cardboard, 18x24

Are You Cut Out For My Revolution

Natalie Wood
Exhibition runs September 18 2009 - October 24 2009
Opening: September 18 2009: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

My recent work has evolved from research into social resistance movements, theories and narratives. My interests lie in how popular culture co-opts these movements rendering them powerless, yet ultimately disseminating the seeds of alternative visions that are like coded messages which are only visible to its believers and the converted. In my recent work I explore the visual codes of the Black Panther Movement, Afrofuturistic theories, and feminism through the creation of portraits that combine and blend these elements. 

The surface material I am presently working with is corrugated cardboard, which I find is an apt metaphor for my blended subjects. I first whiten the surface layer and then cut or pull off this layer to reveal brown images and hybridized portraits in a deconstructive process that is ritualistic and revelatory. Cardboard, often associated with trade, transport and movement, is also known for its adaptability; a curious mixture of strength and fragility and is seen as a low cost option that is easily discarded and often recycled.

Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie obtained her studio training at OCAD and completed an MA in Art education from the University of Toronto in 2000. Her works have been presented in group exhibitions (Prefix 2007), International Art Fairs (TAAFI, 2006, Nuit Blanche 2007), and film and video festivals (Mix Film and Video Festival, Inside Out, Images, and Mpenzi Film and Video festival).


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