Natanya Barrett sees the body objectively and changes it into a hybrid using the virtual realm, drawing reference from the female form and Rorschach imagery; cutting away sections of the body rendering it an avatar.
Her practice is process and materiality lead and through these explorations a manifestation of a released soul into a bodily form. This materialisation is visualised in her sculptural pieces, an incarnate divine being is created that offers a new mythical narrative of empowerment.
The themes of her work investigate gender, racial and cultural stereotypes through Afroculturalism the aim of this is to reframe and reclaim the black body by offering alternative narrative by morphing the female gure in angelic/sci- form. Her aim is to challenge the negative typecasts, which prevail; to create positive historical , mythological folklore and inspirational black stories. She intends to use her art as a platform to start a dialogue of empowerment.
Barrett is also fascinated by Western Rorschach psychoanalytical images that allow each reader to interpret their own subliminal messages. She is interested in the viewer’s unique perceptions of these images and how their individual perception is affected by their political history and lived experience.
Barrett’s personal politics comes from an experience of living in two very different cultures - the Caribbean and the UK. Zak Ove, Wangechi Mutu’s and Ingrid Baars work and philosophy has strongly in uenced Barrett, in particular, Wangechi Mutu’s observa- tions that the voice of the black female artist is still “exotic” and still subdued in the 21st century.
|The ACS City & Guilds of London Art School||Winner||2018|