Photographer Natalie Christensen’s solo exhibition Limits is going global, offering Parisians a delightful chance to see her mesmerizing photographs in person at Galerie Catherine et André Hug.
SANTA FE, New Mexico (July 7, 2021). Natalie Christensen is a fine art photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States whose solo exhibition Limits explores symbols and spaces in images. Her scenes are an invitation to delve into a rich world that is concealed from consciousness.
Natalie Christensen: Limits, a solo exhibition
In 2014, Natalie Christensen moved from the state of Kentucky to New Mexico, leaving behind a lifelong home and a 25-year career as a psychotherapist. Like many artists who have come to New Mexico, she was captivated by the distinctive Southwestern light and the splendor of the natural environment.
However, her creative interest was in exploring the more banal peripheral landscapes that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. Closed and open doors, empty parking lots and forgotten swimming pools, draw her to a scene, yet it is her reactions to these objects and spaces that elicit interpretation and projection. Aware that these isolated moments in the suburban landscape were rich with metaphor, she is intrigued by the way light and shadow can spark complex narratives. She views the symbols and spaces in her images as an invitation to explore a rich world that is concealed from consciousness. As a psychotherapist, she learned the art of asking the question – in many ways these photographs are an extension of that work.
Identifiable scenes are reduced to color fields and geometric shapes. The images are inviting, but limits are set. You are seduced by the light, the glimpses of the beckoning sky, the open planes and suggestions of egress and ingress, but this flirtatious aspect is thwarted by a simultaneous sense of enclosure, tangible constraint felt in the severity of the angles. Is it a threshold or is it a boundary?
Christensen has exhibited in noted museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally; has been invited to join the Copenhagen PhotoFestival; a photobook entitled “007 – Natalie Christensen” has recently been published by Setanta Books, London; she was a UAE Embassy invitee for a UAE Architecture Delegation tour; and has been named as Artist-in-Residence to Chateau d’Orquevaux, France. She has guest lectured at the Royal College of Art and led photography workshops at The Royal Photographic Society, London and Meow Wolf, Santa Fe.
Christensen is the recipient of several prestigious photography awards, has work in permanent collections and publications include The Guardian; Creative Boom, UK; The British Journal of Photography, UK; LandEscape Art Review, London; Art Reveal and Magazine 43: Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila. She has been interviewed on KSFR Public Radio/Cline’s Corner, Santa Fe, New Mexico and UMFM Radio/Art World Innovators, Manitoba, Canada.
Catherine and André Hug Gallery is located in the heart of the artistic and historic Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood of Paris. The gallery has chosen photography to explore its mode of expression with classic documentary style photographers or through a fictional form allowing the medium its narrative potential, its exploration of the dream that inhabits man and especially how it questions reality.