Natalie McGowan’s work plays with appropriated imagery of beauty and mortality. Using manipulation as a tool, she incorporates painting, sculpture, printmaking and video in an attempt to highlight frailties within the human spirit. Drawing on the darker side of emotions, her work synthesizes oblique references to the body and feminine mystique, using metaphor to illicit themes of fate and an ambiguous relationship with death beneath a sleek, soft aesthetic.
Drawing themes from feminism, psychoanalysis, idolatry and science fiction, the work offers a playful elegance, subtly representing the fateful elements of social prototypes and trends that continually perpetuate our existence. Her work engages the viewer in an analysis of the self through the emergence of both familiar and absurd combinations – merging retro aesthetics of beauty into the post-human, within a seductive cyber-model.
Natalie’s video work blends original and found footage and she frequently creates visuals for other artists and musicians. Recent collaborations include Glasgow based acts, Ela Orleans and Hausfrau.