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Natasha Sweeten

Born: Lexington, KY
Resides: Brooklyn, NY



Natasha Sweeten: 2000 Paintings, Wall Space, New York, NY, 2/1/01-2/28/01

Selected Group

New York: Fantasy Island, curated by Eric Swangstu, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, 10/17/01-11/20/01,

Degrees of Separation: Kelly Chorpening and Natasha Sweeten (2-person show), C.A.C.P. Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 9/21/01-10/21/01

Small Works, curated by Peter Blum, New York University, NY, 2/3/01-3/9/01

Millennial Catalogue, Ahra Lee Gallery, New York, NY, 2/3/00-3/8/00

Compliments, Educational Alliance Gallery, New York, NY, 1/99-2/99


M.F.A., Painting, Bard College, 6/93-8/95
B.F.A., Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art, 8/88-5/93
student residency, AICA New York Studio Program, New York, NY, 8/91-12/91


Juror Award for Small Works, 2/01
First Place, Bard M.F.A. catalogue competition, 8/95
Fellowship for Graduate Study, Bard College, 6/95
Elaine de Kooning Memorial Scholarship, Bard College, 6/95
Fellowship for Graduate Study, Bard College, 6/94


Alma B. C. Schapiro Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 9/26/01-11/1/01
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 10/31/01-11/20/01
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 10/22/01-10/30/01
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 10/22/00-11/17/00
MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 6/97


I see the imagination as a fundamental ingredient of human life.

Likewise, it plays a significant role in painting, as painting requires a swift, psychological shift to turn a thought or idea into physical matter. When I paint I imagine the forms I use to possess distinct personalities, which in turn become my tools for working. With them I create a narrative for each piece, putting into play methods of paint application and removal in order to set up unanticipated relationships. Although abstract, my work is rooted in the real world, inspired by forms in nature and architecture. Each painting is built --- or evolves --- element by element, and the end result cannot be preconceived. This to me is an exciting challenge.

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