Almost five years ago I experienced an unplanned move to New Mexico from Kentucky where I had spent my entire life. This move was coupled with a decision to leave my career as a psychotherapist and my professional identity behind. While it was an exciting move, it was also a time of reflection and questioning. Like many artists who come to the southwest, I was immediately drawn to the light and the surreal qualities it creates in negative space. I began studying the color fields, geometric shapes and juxtapositions created by the light and shadow. The beauty of this environment is clear to most people; however, my interest was to explore the more banal suburban landscapes that may not be noticed by the casual observer and to draw attention to the drama that is missed. I am using symbols and shapes, line and shadow, to present psychological metaphors in the landscape. Closed and open doors, shadows and swimming pools draw me to a scene as they invite conjecture. My images emphasize what is happening within the frame and invite the viewer to contemplate what is happening outside the edges but can't be seen. For me, the symbols and spaces speak to a part of the self that is just below the conscious mind, asking to be understood, even integrated. It's a reminder that there is always something there, below the surface of awareness, threatening to reveal something new.
Natalie Christensen is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has shown work in the U.S. and internationally including London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. She was one of five invited photographers for the exhibition The National 2018: Best of Contemporary Photography at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and has recently been named one of "Ten Photographers to Watch" by the Los Angeles Center of Digital Art. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the University of Texas at Tyler. In addition to pursuing her interests in art and design, Natalie has worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years and has been particularly influenced by the work of depth psychologist Carl Jung. This influence is evidenced in her photographs, as shadows and psychological metaphors are favored subjects. Natalie is represented by Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California.
Solo exhibition, “Last night I dreamt I knew how to swim” Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April-May, 2019
alteredstates/alteredscapes, Turner Carroll Gallery and El Rey Court, Santa Fe, NM April 19-21, 2019
A Year of Making Meaning: New Additions to the Collection 2019, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, April 2019
Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition 161, touring the United Kingdom Feb - Dec, 2019
Artist Talk, Royal Photographic Society, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK March, 30, 2019
Treat America Group Exhibition, Foley Gallery, New York, New York - January 2019
Altered Perspective, Turner Carroll Gallery, September 7- Oct 2, 2018
alteredstates/alteredscapes, UNM School of Architecture Gallery, September 14 - October 11, 2018
alteredstatesalteredscapes.com Launch at Review Santa Fe Photography Festival, October 19-20, 2018
Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Contemporary Photography 2008-2018 juried by Kristen Gaylord July 13 - August 2018
11th Julia M. Cameron Award, Honorable Mention.
Griffin Museum of Photography, virtual gallery feature of "The Deconstructed Self" June - September 2018
Invited Photographer, The National: Best of Contemporary Photography 2018, Fort Wayne Museum of Art April-July 2018
Dallas Art Fair with Turner Carroll Gallery, April 12-15, 2018
Second place winner, 2018 International Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, March 8 - 31, 2018
Invited Photographer, Love it and Leave with It Fundraiser for Photolucida, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon, April 2018
Art of the Home Fundraiser, Masterpieces of Art and Architecture, curated by Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2, 2018
Invited photographer for an electronic collaboration as part of Shifting Light: Photographic Perspectives at New Mexico Museum of Art, Instagram Mar 4-10, 2018
Alteredstates/Alteredscapes Exhibition, a collaboration with Jim Eyre at Peckham Levels, London, U.K. February -April, 2018
33rd Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler January 22 - March 9, 2018
Purchase Award winner, 33rd Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler
alteredstates/alteredscapes, exhibited on the Standard Vision Screen in downtown Los Angeles, CA. January, 2018
Featured photograph for Center Santa Fe's 2018 campaign "Gestalt at Monument Valley".
THE Magazine, Contemporary Art and Culture in Santa Fe and New Mexico Volume XXVI, Issue VII, portfolio feature, "Natalie Christensen -The Deconstructed Self"
2017 Chromatic Awards, honorable mention for "Go Deeper and On Shaky Ground"
Juried Group Show, Primary to Tertiary - Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY November 3 - December 3, 2017
Two person exhibition, "Light Minded" Actors Theatre Gallery, Louisville, KY Sept 1 - Nov 2, 2017
Selected for Review Santa Fe, The CENTER for Photography October, 2017
Shortlisted, Belfast Photo Festival, 2017
Departure Theory, Juried Group Show - H Gallery, Ventura, CA
Phifest Contemporary Photography Festival - Milan, Italy
Daylighted Digital Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Work x 5 Invitational Group Show - Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA (March)
Juried Group Show - Onomato Kunstleverein, Dusseldorf, Germany (February). Voted the "People's Choice" winner.
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The Salon Show Invitational - Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
Winner Santa Fe Opera/Simply Santa Fe Juried Show - Iconik, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Emerge Santa Fe Juried Show – David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New Mexico
University of Kentucky, Master of Social Work, 1991
Western Kentucky University, BA, Psychology, 1988
Permanent collection, purchase award for "Are these chairs taken?" University of Texas at Tyler, Department of Art and Art History
Permanent collection, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Private collections in New York, Dallas, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Sydney, London, and Croatia.
Turner Carroll Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Susan Spiritus Gallery
Newport Beach, California