The meaning of place and space is the decisive factor in the position taken up by an artist. All her life, Natasha Rosling has been visiting many different places and time and again she has had to check both her geographical position and her position in life. Having moved around a lot, she has come to regard one's outlook on life as something which is not fixed right from the start, staying the same for ever. The only thing she can hold on to is her own physique, and this she makes emphatic use of in the creation of her work. 

Natasha Rosling makes large sculptures, using various materials like textiles and metal. They are labour-consuming sculptures requiring great manual skill. This labour-intensiveness plays an important part in the work's quality. It is obvious that these are not easily made sculptures. Hence, it is all the more striking that these sculptures possess a weightless quality, even though they are extremely heavy sometimes. Both gravity and the relation between resistance and support lend her work great weight. 

The sculptures call up all kinds of associations with tarpaulins, canvases, parachute cloths and the like, all materials having functions that can give a temporary feeling of weightlessness. The character of the work is a combination of aggressive force, grotesque humour and beautiful materials. In order to make what she wants, she continually recycles her materials. She recycles her experiences, too, each time in a different setting. She has been to Mali to make sculptures there within a social structure that is different from what we are accustomed to here. Over there, sculptures are made in the simplest and cheapest way possible - images which, in their rich decorations, represent a cultural depth that is different from what we know in the West and whose meaning she wants to study in depth.

Alex De Vries, February 2008.

Published as one of 31 texts in Studenten van het Sandberg Instituut.

 

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