TIME + LIFE = STORY:
A Story of Narrative by Natalie Burns
EXHIBITION: October 6th – December 15th
Reception: Saturday, October 19th | 2pm-4pm
Natalie Burns is an aspiring writer and illustrator in her third year of the Graphic and Media Design program at Alfred State. She is interested in a number of mediums including painting, drawing, digital art, photography, collage, printmaking, fiber arts, ceramics, and creative writing— but her central focus, the thing that brings them all together, is narrative. In her debut show, Natalie explores that central theme in all of her work: storytelling through image, word, and form. She also examines the concept that time implies a narrative, widening the boundaries of what can be called a story.
Though the process of putting this show together— Natalie has discovered that a quality that she values highly is variety. She would rather listen to a playlist of music with many different genres than just one genre; she is thankful that doesn’t feel the need to conform to one particular fashion style but can instead wear and admire many styles, and she appreciates when groups of people are welcome to many different kinds of personalities. In this same way— she enjoys having the ability to be able to jump from one method of artistic expression to another. This show highlights Natalie’s interest in storytelling through many different kinds of mediums.
Natalie finds inspiration for her artwork and stories in several places. She is a firm believer in Jesus Christ and is interested in approaching art from a biblical standpoint as well as exploring how she can impact and uplift others through her work. As the oldest of nine— Natalie loves her big family and considers them to be a major part of her work. Finally, Natalie is a voracious reader (consuming anywhere between 70-100 books a year)— and draws on her love of literature often.
Natalie is interested in the similarities and differences between word and image— and how they affect each other when juxtaposed. She loves how a thoughtfully chosen title can completely reframe how a piece of art is perceived. She invites you to take a closer look at the titles of her pieces and consider how they change your viewing.