About

 

statement

I live in Santa Fe New Mexico where my work is inspired by commonplace architecture and streetscapes. I shoot every day and am almost never without my camera. I don't have to go anywhere special to make my photography; instead I find my images around shopping centers, apartment complexes and office parks. I dismantle these scenes to color fields, geometry and shadow. The places I frequent for my images are probably not what people visualize when they think of the city I live in, a major tourist destination with a carefully cultivated image. I choose to shoot in locations that may be viewed as uninteresting or even visually off-putting. This is exciting and challenging for me, to “see” something hiding in plain sight. Much of my professional life has been spent as a psychotherapist, and my photography as an extension of that work. Both have called me to explore what is hidden from view, those aspects of the self or the environment that we want to turn away from or simply avoid. I suspect it is our nature to ignore what is unpleasant, but sometimes I get a glimpse of the sublime in these ordinary places. When I find it, it feels like I have discovered gold.

 

bio

Natalie Christensen is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a frequent contributor to online contemporary and fine art photography magazines, has won several regional awards and shown work in the U.S. and internationally including London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. She is 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.  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.

 

 

CV

CURRENT

Invited Photographer, The National: Best of Contemporary Photography 2018, Fort Wayne Museum of Art April-July 2018

Griffin Museum of Photography, virtual gallery feature of "The Deconstructed Self" June - September 2018

Shortlisted, Royal Photographic Society International Photo Exhibition for "A Good Day" and "Go Deeper" May 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

Finalist, Smithsonian.com 15th Annual Photo Contest, "Go Deeper", Altered Images category.

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

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"

Online feature Minimal Zine

Online feature Musee Magazine

Online feature Lens Culture Magazine

Online feature Lens Culture Network Gallery

Online feature Feature Shoot

Online feature COS -Things

Online feature  Ignant.com

Online feature  Jungle Magazine

Online feature  All About Photo

Online feature Mache Digital

Online feature  Women in Photography

Online feature  Profiles in Photography

Online feature Tagezanzieger

PAST

2017

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

2017 Chromatic Awards, honorable mention for "Go Deeper and On Shaky Ground"

Shortlisted, Belfast Photo Festival, 2017

Finalist, Critical Mass 2017 Photolucida

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.

2016

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

Online feature  Feature Shoot

Online feature  Son of a Gun Magazine

Online feature  Fotopolis

Curated InvitationAL Accounts

Lens Culture

Art Photo Index

EDUCATION

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New Mexico

University of Kentucky, Master of Social Work, 1991

Western Kentucky University, BA, Psychology, 1988

Collections

Permanent collection, purchase award for "Are these chairs taken?" University of Texas at Tyler, Department of Art and Art History

Private collection, Sydney, Australia 

Private collection, Meerbusch, Germany 

Private collection, London, England 

Private collections, Dallas, Texas 

Private collection, Nashville, Tennessee

Private collections, Louisville Kentucky

REPRESENTATION

Susan Spiritus Gallery

2070 Business Center Drive

Suite 290

Irvine, California 92612

714.754.1286

www.susanspiritusgallery.com