Not Your Spirit Animal: Natasha Vidger
May 7 @ 11:00 am - July 11 @ 5:00 pmFree
Natasha Vidger’s sprawling prepared canvas delineated with life sized animal portraits, probe the duality that separates and unites humans and animals. Employing expressive realism, Vidger paints a stage for viewers to come face to face with these animals. The canvases are aged with natural elements to offer a respite from traditional, romanized landscape. The landscapes are void and atmospheric, denoting the isolated environments they are forced to traverse. Vidger’s work ultimately aims to shed light on our similarities to provoke compassion that transcends the barriers between species.
“Subconsciously there was a division in my mind between myself and animals. They were among the trees and rocks, and I was between ranch style homes and manicured lawns. Despite this division I developed a kinship with animals. They felt familiar and relatable. Eventually, I developed a deep love and insatiable curiosity for wildlife. Art has long served as a way for me to satisfy and explore this passion. My work examines society’s perceived superiority over animals. Despite similarities to humans and the mounting evidence of autonomy, animals face persecution and diaspora. Using life sized animal paintings, I seek to reforge this broken relationship by creating a physical space that viewers can utilize to contemplate and reflect the niches animals inhabit in a human dominated landscape. My paintings balance refined and unrefined areas to represent the fracturing of animal populations and the surreal and isolated environments that animals are increasingly forced to navigate. Common narratives of survival and struggle in a shared environment unify us. By exploring these common themes that life confronts us all with, we can start to question and ultimately dissolve the human focused hierarchy. I want to confront the viewers with the power, mystery, fear, and beauty that is encapsulated within the animal gaze and the animal form to bridge the perceived line between animals and humans.
By utilizing natural pigments to age my canvases an alternative landscape is presented that expresses the duality of both desolation and splendor that mirrors wild spaces during the Anthropocene.”-Natsha Vidger
Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Vidger’s experience with nature was curated through day trips winding among the Rocky Mountains. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Adams State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design with emphasis in Painting and Drawing. Numerous years of study have facilitated solid foundations in various disciplines.
After the typical structured study of art in form, shape, and light, Vidger progressed into a focus of animal art. In her early years surreal platforms gave way to animal form, composing voices for her subjects and their plights. Through years of practice and evolution Vidger has experimented with the various manipulations of style ever seeking ways to convey the message she seeks.