About Natalia Popova
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I started with architectural design. I was always sensible to the space, light and fabric. When I worked in design, I was interested in wall painting and creating new textures. I started experiments with different fabrics. I burned plastics, macerated plaster, worked with stones and etc. Day by day I went deeper and deeper into these experiments, finally I got fully engaged with art. Materials can manifest themselves unpredictably. I create conditions for the substance to express its qualities.
My inspiration growth from hidden process in living matter. Not only animals and plants. Stones, rivers, soil. It lives at such a slow pace, so we prefer to think that it is stable. I find something, like a piece of bark, and meditate on it for a few hours, imaging how its growth, layer by layer, how it destroys, how it exposes by wind and light. With my art I try to expose these dark side of nature, allowing substance to grow layer by layer into the space.
I find myself congenial to non-human ontology and dark ecology. I want people to perceive nature not like an object for gazing, but the entity, you can attune with, dance with.