Natalie Guy's research-based sculture practice considers iconic examples of 20th century modernism, from across the fields of art, architecture and design. Her work draws upon historical examples from both high art and mass culture, located across Western Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific. Applying a localised lens, she meditates on these modernist objects, considering their value, impact, and legitimacy; how they are situated within contemporary everyday, and their presence in contemporary art and related discourses. Specifically, she wishes to interrogate our understanding of tradition, influence and concepts of appropriation, from both within and across cultural boundaries—considers both their positive and negative legacies. Following in the footsteps of the feminist literary movement of the 1970’s, écriture feminine, which aimed to re-capture text as female self-expression, she looks to rewrite modernist source anew.
Natalie Guy (b. 1966, Tauranga. Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahine) lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa in public and private galleries and exhibitions, including Tauranga Art Gallery, Te Tuhi Auckland, Scape Public Art Christchurch, and Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke. In 2022 she completed a Doc FA at Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland. She was the recipient of the inaugural Asia NZ Foundation 2017 Residency to Varanasi India, and in 2019 was resident at Sculpture Space, Utica, New York. In 2014 she won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Award and in the same year won a Merit Award in The National Contemporary Award, New Zealand. Her work is held in various public collections across New Zealand and Australia.