Nat Anderson is a Geelong based artist whose current chosen subjects are drawn from her constant, almost obsessive rambling walks along the southern ocean coastline and around her home in the Moorabool Valley. Painted with a limited palette reminiscent of the old masters, Natalie’s strong sense of colour and use of light and dark explores traditional genres reinterpreted in a contemporary context. Landscape takes on a sort of “other worldliness” as she examines just exactly why sea and sky changes her. Paint becomes a vehicle through which she can relive her experiences of being in these places. The aim is simply to create honest work that means somethingto her but that also stirs the viewer to look at the beauty of our coastline in new ways.
This latest series of work entitled ‘Wayfaring’ documents the weekly sojourn she takes to walk along the coastline, particularly Barwon Heads and the bluff. Having discovered that returning to the ocean was a positive way of maintaining her own mental health Nat visits the ocean and other wild places to paint what lifts her spirits particularly through the dark winter months. The work is about returning to the sea in all weathers and capturing the particular atmospheric conditions and matching them with her own internal “conditions”. It’s about the ache of never being truly able to catch a moment in a jar and preserve it but it’s also about being wide eyed and enchanted about what is just around the corner. She describes this work as “an outpouring of gratitude to have lived and to live in such places as these – to be able to walk, to immerse myself in this salty air that feeds me spiritually”
Wayfaring / 31 Oct – 22 Nov