Meet Natalie Clark
Influenced by extensive travels around the world, Natalie's work is a global fusion of modern design, ethnographic styles, and organic forms found in nature.
Natalie Clark is a classically trained British-American sculptor, collector, art advisor, educator, and children's book author. Influenced by extensive travels around the world, Natalie's work is a global fusion of modern design, ethnographic styles, and organic forms found in nature. Whether traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, or the Outback in Australia, she recognizes common indigenous threads and integrates them with organic and man-made materials into her work. Her current work includes large-scale sculpture in a variety of mediums, including marble, steel, natural materials, ceramics, and snow. Natalie's current studio practice is split between her two studios, one a repurposed Mormon Church in the Tetons and the other a 13th century masia in the Catalonian foothills north of Barcelona. While the two spaces facilitate cultural immersion in contrasting societies, they also share a common thread in providing a close connection to nature and natural cycles.
Natalie obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture, from Brighton University in England. She came to the United States on a full-merit scholarship, and attained her Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She followed her formal training with an Artist in Industry Residency at the Kohler factory in Wisconsin and has taught at university level in Texas and Wyoming. Natalie's 9/11 Memorial submission was a finalist in the design competition and was exhibited in New York. Natalie's art has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Spain, and South Africa.
In her latest work, Natalie journeyed inwards and became drawn to stone, particularly Carrara marble. After traveling to Italy to personally obtain blocks from a Carrara quarry, she retreated to her world-class stone carving studio in the Catalonian hills. Then began a two and a half year journey of exploring the essence of the feminine divine, sacred geometry, and the story of life expressed within the three-dimensional language of sculpture. "The Forms of Origin" (Las Formas del Origen in Spanish) is the stunning result. A thirty-two-piece body of work that brings life, breath, and fluidity to the rigid crystalline structure of marble.
Prior to "The Forms of Origin" came "Crystalline Spires | Faceted Gems", an iconic body of work influenced by the majestic Teton Mountains, as well as time spent in the diamond mines of South Africa. The scale of natural spaces and a fascination in the geometric simplicity of crystalline polyhedron forms manifested themselves into an extensive body of work. These striking pieces speak to scale and mass - some standing solo while others clustered in organic form, reflecting totems or such natural spaces as forests, icebergs, and geological phenomena. The range of pigment in "Crystalline" draws from the role color plays in indigenous community and culture, in particular the symbolic colors of prayer flags observed on Natalie's journey through Bhutan.
Through extensive circumnavigation, Natalie has been exposed to the most eclectic artists, design styles, and indigenous art forms in the world, all of which have directly influenced her work. She has worked on collaborative art projects across the globe - in Japan, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States. Her clients include private art collectors, corporations and public projects, and her work has been featured on TV's "Good Morning America" and HGTV "You Live in What?", radio programs, national interior design magazines, and newspapers internationally.
Education & Achievements
- B.F.A. - Brighton Polytechnic, Concentration in Sculpture (UK)
- M.F.A. - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Full Merit Scholarship, Sculpture (USA)
- National Endowment for the Arts Award (USA)
- National Endowment for the Arts Award (Canada)
- Kohler Artist in Industry Residency (USA)
- Finalist in the September 11th Memorial Design Competition (New York City, USA)
- U.S. Snow Carving Team Captain, Bronze Medal, International Snow Carving Championship (Sapporo, Japan)
- Board of Directors, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, DC, USA)
- Board of Directors, Grand Teton National Park Foundation (Jackson, Wyoming, USA)
- Board Member, International Ambassador to the Miro Foundation (Barcelona, Spain)
- Board Member, Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson, Wyoming, USA)
- Cosmos Club DC, Gifted in the Arts Member (Washington, DC, USA)
- Soho House (Global Member)