Solo exhibition by Nat Scholtz, Painted Tree Gallery, opens late January 2021 (Date TBC)
Natalie Scholtz is a non-institutionally taught Perth visual artist. Her new body of work explores the residue from past relationships, travels, community work and academia whilst observing the ripple effects of colonialism in Australia from an African Persian perspective.
Nat’s works are expressive comments of being human, how we love, care, control and condescend in domestic and social relationships. ‘These paintings are at once intimate and political, in the way that skin is.
Skins are the most visible. So often we have come to assume that one is based on, defined by and understood best through reference to one’s skin. Yet skin holds and hides, contains and shapes constellations of selves (Dave Palmer 2020).
Nat’s works are not realistic portrayals, but instead are physical acts of communicating conversation with self, society and identity. Her texture, line-work and emotion are inherent to Scholtz’s compositions. This is her conversation with self and community, her confusion, chaos and celebration to have ‘skin in the game’.