Natasha Morland is a London based painter whose work explores the subtleties of relationships, focusing on ideas around anonymity, losing inhibitions, and the power of the unspoken word between people. Her current series has developed from films she makes of people talking about themselves. Morland remains silent while they speak, allowing the atmosphere to intensify as the films become monologues with no verbal identification or reassurance. She paints while filming, responding with her brush to whatever visceral reaction emerges, trying to encapsulate the beginning, middle and end point to the person’s musings. Often she witnesses some kind of catharsis from the subject as the power of hearing themselves speaking frankly with no interruption brings revelation. Morland creates a dialogue, through paint, translating words to images, a kind of visual prose or discussion. What she has sometimes discovered through this process is an uncanny tendency to produce suggestive figurative elements in her paintings that preclude what her subject is on the verge of saying; In the work, “Typhoons and New Cocoons”, she painted drooping foliage as the person talked and began to liken the break up with his girlfriend to a withering plant.
Morland paints on canvas, layered tracing paper and book covers using these surfaces to explore the multiples strands of a subject’s personal history and her relationship with and response to them. The titles are often taken from phrases spoken by the people she films. Highlighting the sense of anonymity, they are the only indication towards the verbal content of the films that inspire the paintings.
2004 – 2007 BA Painting (first class honours) City and Guilds of London Art School
2013 – 2014 Turps Banana painting course
“Correspond” 05.09.-11.09. Turps Art School, Unit 12A & 13A Taplow, Thurlow Street London, SE17 2UQ
2011 NW10 art trail, NW10 studios, London
2010 Inspired by Soane, Soane Museum, London
2010 Art for Youth, RCA, London
2009 Art for Youth, Mall Galleries, London
2008 40th Anniversary show SPACE, London
2008 Awhopbopaloobop Transition Gallery, London
2012 The Georgie Project, Griffin Gallery, London
Oct 2009 Evening Standard Magazine, “London Artists”
2009 Ariel Luke, Garden Painters: Contemporary Artists London: A & C Black Publishers Ltd ISBN 0-7136-8206-X
2010 Celeste Painting Prize, shortlisted
2005 Skinners’ company Phillip Connard Travel award