Natalie Dunham


Dunham is a process-based artist attracted to the purity of raw form and honest craftsmanship. The theme of accumulation has been constant in Natalie's work. She approaches the sculptures as if a three-dimensional sketch, purposefully leaving the materials raw. The collection of material, such as pet screen, twine, strappings, and shims, assembled loosely on rods and brackets, allows the shapes to morph and shift freely.
Most sculptures grow from the wall or the ceiling. At times large enough that one can even walk through them, her sculptural installations overwhelm by their sheer size, but, contradictorily, the natural materials provide moments of meditation, similar to a Japanese Garden.
Dunham's work is incredibly process oriented, and, like the contemplative emotions her sculptures inspire, the pieces function as a form of relaxation for Dunham. As she states,
"When life is crazy the work is more controlled, and when life is calmer the work is looser."
Dunham received her BFA in painting from Birmingham-Southern College, in Birmingham, AL in 2007 and her MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD in 2010. Dunham currently lives and works in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.