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Natalie Hinahara

Natalie Hinahara

Printmaking and painting

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My art practice is fueled by my desire to understand the complex and contradictory relationships between the human culture that I am a part of and the natural world we exist within.

Most of the source imagery comes from the many warm seasons I have spent biking, backpacking, and farming in my home state of Wisconsin. Specific places that have deeply informed my work are the southern shores of Lake Superior and the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin.

I am interested in the strange juxtaposition of feelings I experience when in a moment of direct relationship with the land. There is a sense of connectedness, belonging, and peace, but also a humbling awareness of your own vulnerability and smallness in relation to the power held within an river, mountain, or thunder storm.  The studio is a space for me to reflect and process these fraught relationships and practice love, empathy, and respect for the natural world and those that call it home. I hope my work takes the viewer to a place where they can pause, breathe deeply, and feel themselves grounded on this earth. 

Bio:

Natalie was born and raised in Madison, WI and is currently based in Viroqua, WI. Her work is informed by the landscapes of the Midwest, and more specifically, the Great Lakes and Driftless Regions. She is equal parts painter and printmaker, which are distinct but complementary elements in her practice. Within printmaking, she pays homage to specific plants and natural places through reduction block prints and multi-layered screen prints. She finds more fluidity within her painting practice to push into ambiguous territory around themes of social and environmental injustice.

She enjoys sharing her passion for printmaking through teaching screen and block printing classes at Youth Initative High School and occasional local workshops.

Since 2018, she has been striving to bring her studio practice into public spaces by becoming involved in local mural projects. In January 2019, she helped to organize and participate in a collaborative mural project on the UW-Madison campus. The summer of 2019 holds the hopeful promise of additional local mural projects.

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