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Exhibition: Natasha Houseago
7th January - 15th February 2020
Venue: Bethesda Chapel, South Street, Uley, Nr Dursley GL11 5SS
Artist Natasha Houseago creates contemporary figurative sculptures in (predominantly) green wood. Her work is much celebrated from the various public art commissions and projects throughout the UK and abroad.
Although she has worked in other materials Natasha is always drawn back to wood; believing it to be a magical, potent, living material.
All wood used for her sculptures has fallen naturally; giving each fallen tree another 'chance at life'. Every piece has its own history and as the bark is stripped, there is a sense of releasing its spirit. Each project starts with a plethora of loose drawings which are then transferred in chalk onto the solid block of wood. And only then the processes of carving, hacking and slashing begin as Natasha goes into battle with her materials!
The initial blocking out is done with bow saw or chainsaw and then more defined sculpting with chisel and mallet and then finally employing rasps and scrapers.
Over the years, Houseago's work has become more figurative, perhaps having spent some time studying the ancient Cypriot figures. Natasha now lives and works in Cheltenham.
Her 'family' of sculptures will be moving into both Prema's upstairs gallery and our showcase in the new year - a rare treat to see our auditorium filled with large, figurative carved beings!
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