NYC Benefit Auction 2018
Mini Maneater, 2018
Acrylic on wood
Price: $2,800 for two
Nature commands both subject and process in Natasha Bowdoin’s artistic practice. Known for her collage-based works on paper and large-scale installations, Bowdoin investigates the potential intersections of the visual and literary, treating language and nature as a kind of kindred phenomenon, while reimagining our relationship to the natural world. Drawing directly from patterns found in nature, Bowdoin marries a diversity of sources, from 19th century botanical illustrations, lunar surface maps, 1800s prints of underwater sea life, and floral textile patterns, to found texts that examine our place in nature. These literary sources have included Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, to name a few. The principle and spirit of the natural world govern the development of her art.
These Mini Maneaters centerpieces are seedlings from Bowdoin’s large-scale installation in MASS MoCA’s Hunter hallway gallery. The original Maneater is a visitor favorite, where Bowdoin’s fragile, lush installation shifts and changes as guests explore her largest-ever cut paper and collage installation.
About the Artist
Natasha Bowdoin (b. 1981, West Kennebunk, ME) earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from Brandeis University in painting and classics. She has been awarded residencies at the Core Program in Houston, Texas; the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in New Mexico; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. Bowdoin’s work has been included in exhibitions across the United States and throughout Europe, including solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia; Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Georgia; and Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; and group exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas; The Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; and the Cue Art Foundation, New York. Her work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, BOMB, and Wallpaper* Magazine. Bowdoin lives and works in Houston, TX.