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Natalie Ball


I am exploring gesture and materiality to create sculptures as Power Objects. I offer my objects as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity, without absolutes. I believe historical discourses of Native Americans have constructed a limited and inconsistent visual archive that currently misrepresents our past experiences and misinforms current expectations. I excavate hidden histories, and dominant narratives to deconstruct them through a theoretical framework of auto-ethnography to move “Indian” outside of governing discourses in order to build a visual genealogy that refuses to line-up with the many constructed existences of Native Americans. My goal is, for my art to lend itself as new texts, with new histories, and new manifestations, to add to the discussion of complex racial narratives that are critical to further realizing the self, the nation, and necessarily, our shared experiences and histories.

Ball’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, EXPO Chicago, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Institute of Modern Art in Australia, IAIA Museum of American Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has received awards and honors from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Hallie Ford Foundation, The Cooper Union School of Art, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, The Betty Bowen Award, Art Matters, and the Joan Shipley Fellow Award.