Approaching the midway point of her Graduate Residency at AirSpace, Natasha Brzezicki presents Ebbs and Flows
- the coalescence of 4 pieces of work which invite a consideration of our relationship to the natural environment on a personal yet often disjointed level.
, the horizon line acts as a sound wave; a point for notes to be plotted upon a music score. In this way, artificial sound is applied to a landscape, dependent on the visual data within the video footage. I have used this method to translate visual language into audio, juxtaposing computerised sound with naturally-derived visuals, building on research into the creation and deconstruction of sound, alternative musical notation and graphic scores.
No Walking Required
) challenges the assumptions we make based on sensory information, asking the participant to take an artificial journey of manufactured sounds. Playing with sensory depravation, blackout goggles remove visual stimuli whilst sound effects mimic a walk through a natural environment. The piece suggests a dialogue with Landscape/Soundscape; a similarity in the intention to build a human element into nature via manmade systems.
(below) addresses the gap between tangible and intangible, physicality and thought. The sculptures are created from the negative space between hands held together - a gesture reminiscent of begging, pleading, holding, protecting or encasing. The resulting forms resemble mini ‘mountains’, the creases and grooves of palms and fingertips are personal to the maker’s own hands, appearing as though ridges and fault lines upon the earth. Fault Lines sees the mind as a mountain, the forms acting as a way to discuss the earth as well as human experience.
Finally, an ongoing investigation into the duality of language through the compiling of words and phrases with double meanings, particularly those relating both to the earth and to the human condition is presented in Dualities
. This continuing collection explories how language acts as a bridge between natural states of being and human states of mind.
Natasha's interests lie in the notion of the artist as translator: a mediator between scientist and the layman. The practice is interdisciplinary, maintaining a closeness to science and a sensitivity to the organic world. A compulsion to identify and categorise within her practice leads her to subject nature to human notions of order; likening human nature to the slow formation of a stone shaped by the sea. Currently, she is researching the intricacies of birdsong, exploring its parallels to the human voice to find a method of ‘translation’ that depends on strategic allocation of data with a particular interest in an idea of emotion vs. physicality, the transferal of a sentiment into an object and how ‘sentimental value’ is comparable to monetary value. Natasha graduated from Covenmtry University in July 2017.
Each year, AirSpace Gallery’s Graduate Residency Programme offers two new graduates a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative artist-led space in Stoke-on-Trent, providing 6 months free studio space, ongoing professional development support, mentoring and guidance in those crucial first months out of higher education, and an end-of-residency solo exhibition. Now into its 6th year, the residency programme is an attempt to tackle and highlight a problem with graduate retention in the city, whilst also offering early stage professional development support to artists.