Natalie Eastwood Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1986. In 2007 she completed her undergraduate qualification in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg. In 2008 she furthered her postgraduate studies part-time at the University of South Africa while pursuing a career in teaching.
Natalie Eastwood Smith continued to teach senior high school Visual Arts, while working on developing her conceptual work part-time. Her work explores themes of gender, identity, sexuality and feminism through performance art, photography, painting, sculpture and installations. In 2013, she pursued an art and design career full-time and has continued building her portfolio.
SATINE (Natalie’s Statement)
My lifelong interest in performing arts and dance help create a theatrical aesthetic appeal to my artworks. The dramatic use of chiaroscuro juxtapose the ambiguous abstract technique, inspires the visual individualism in my work.
The use of female portraiture derives from feminist influence and the role of female sexuality and body image. My interpretation of female emotion or lack thereof encourages an interest in the identification process of each portrait.
The fusion of contemporary art and impressionist influence draws a parallel to the combination of traditional and nontraditional mediums. Mixed media allows me to create a dramatic contrast between portraiture and the essence of the female self. Unconventional technique and media enables me to create an exaggerated abstract texture, while creating a traditional portrait promoting a relatable yet mysterious quality to my artworks.