Natalya Kochak

As a child and young adult I moved around, from New York to Kansas City, then Alabama to Chicago and Texas to Miami. I encountered different skylines, main streets, landforms, and changing seasons, but what fascinated me most were the people. With such short roots in any particular place I have up until now been an observer more often than a participant. At first, the people in each place seemed very different, with different speech patterns, likes and dislikes, and goals in life – but I observed they shared common passions, sufferings, joys, and pain. In my work, I seek to lead viewers and myself into these shared experiences rather than differences. My work encourages the viewer to think about the condition of being human, both as an individual and as part of a community.

Artist Statement

In the work that I create I seek to represent the figure as the malleable reflection of a subject. The figure is set on paper, mylar, or wood panel in much the same way a person is placed into life; with flaws, unpredictable beauties, imprecise edges, and blurred definitions. I’ve noticed that in our contemporary culture we strive for streamlined perfection in both the manufacturing of products and in ourselves. In my work, however, I use a mixture of silkscreen, monoprint,and collage techniques – usually tools for consistent reproduction – to emphasize the individual imperfections of a single piece, be it an object or a person. While conceptual foundations ground my body of work, the overall emphasis is in the felt experience. When painting from a model, a photograph, or an image in my mind, I begin from an internal place of emotional observance. From there the technical aspects follow. My use of medium is complimentary to this approach, as the watercolor or oil and marbleized blending of form creates effects to challenge the rule of linear thought. Meanwhile, the repetition involved in printmaking creates a community of figures, either anonymous or easily recognizable, to show commonalities of the human experience. My work has always been primarily figurative, as I find human beings endlessly fascinating and my observations are expressed through my work.


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