Artist Statement

Natoya is a multidisciplinary artist using mixed media and installations to normalizing black womanhood in contemporary spaces. Natoya's work examines the stereotypes associated with how Blackness is often perceived in the spaces she occupies. She believes,  In order to bring into context the present, we must revisits the pass by acquiring documents such as proof of the sale of slaves and children. Using these historical findings as a point of reference, she incorporates archived documents in her large collage pieces with Black figures silhouetted among the findings. She is giving a visual representation of a black body that would otherwise be lost with time. 

 

Natoya's portrait of black women is posed in front of simplified and deconstructed backgrounds rendering in a way that the viewer is faced with all the micro emotions of the piece. These paintings and illustrations explore the nuances of Black beauty and mental illness perpetuated by the stereotype of matriarchal strength. 

In her sculptures and installation, she utilizes various mixed media techniques to tell of the uniqueness of being a woman and Black, Discussing various subjects of afrocentricity. Her work serves as a cultural discussion, and  Natoya invites us to view and humanize black bodies without the stereotype.

Education 

2003 - 2005

Studio Art Diploma, Capilano University

2015 - 2015

The American South: Its Stories Music and Art Certificate - University Of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill

2018 - 2022

BFA, University Of The Fraser Valley - School of Creative Arts

Publications


2021

Black Artist Research Space, 

Vancouver Sun, Art Online

2021

2020

Vancouver Sun, Black Influencers

2020

Paperblanks, 10 Questions with Natoya

2006 

UBC Press, Cover Art -  We Have A Voice: An Anthology of African and Caribbean Student Writing in British Columbia 

2005 

North Shore News,

Article - Syncopated Soul Review 

Exhibitions 

Solo

2011

2007

2005

New Life Rising - Calabash Bistro - Vancouver

The Untitled Show - Cafe De Soliel - Vancouver

"Never Understood Nothing" The Lotus - Vancouver, Canada

Group Show

2022

Abbotsford Art & Wine Walk, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada

2022

Interpret Festival, UFV, Abbotsford B.C., Canada

Diversion, Mission Arts Council B.C. Canada

2019

2022

The Watercolour Show, Gallery 202, Mission, B.C., Canada

2019

Modern Surrealism, Harrison's Hot Spring Arts Council, B.C., Canada

2018

Art at the Authority, Mission B.C., Canada

2018

2017

2017

2016

Water, Mission Arts Council, Mission B.C., Canada

49 to 74, Murbury Gallery, New York City, U.S.A., Canada

Art 4 Life, Port Moody Arts Council, Port Moody B.C., Canada

Anonymous Show - North Vancouver Arts Council, North Vancouver, Canada

2016

Art Of Photography - Harmony Arts Festival -West Vancouver, Canada

2005

Syncopated Soul - District Of North Vancouver, North Vancouver, Canada

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