Natalia Dias | Vida e Morte

development | boundaries | risk

Natalia Dias recently had a solo exhibition, Transfigurations at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. Here Natalia presented the video work, ‘Vida e Morte’.

Mission Gallery have given Natalia the opportunity to explore this idea further and bring this piece alive. The ceramic used for Vida e Morte possesses an ephemeral quality giving the work an imminent and destructive end, leaving ash as the only remains. At Mission Gallery, Natalia will combine the[…]space and Maker in Focus to give the viewer a real-time experience of Vida e Morte which expresses the brittle transience of life and its humble beauty, from the minute of its installation to its imminent end.

Discussing the work further, Hannah had this to say;

I discovered Natalia’s work during the 2009 degree show at University of Wales in Cardiff. The installation showed enormous potential and through this we established and maintained a dialogue about her work and the subsequent developments. It has been a pleasure to see Natalia achieve successful solo exhibitions and win the Applied Art Gold Medal at National Eisteddfod Wales 2010. Natalia is a process driven artist. She has been incubating the idea of Vida e Morte since University and I’m delighted to see it finally being presented to the public. Mission Gallery is about blurring the boundaries that exist between fine art and craft and taking a risk on new ideas. It’s a concept that Natalia has openly embraced, taking on the challenge of exploring her video as installation, unsure if the outcome will be a success until in situ; I’m looking forward to seeing where this exploration leads Natalia next. – Hannah Kelly, Gallery Development Officer

Vida e Morte: video & installation at Mission Gallery 3 – 31 Oct 2011. Be sure to visit more than once to see how the installation meets its imminent end.


2 thoughts on “Natalia Dias | Vida e Morte

  1. I love the video, and the idea of the installation.
    Probably it’s just the destruction element that is reminding me of Aeneas Wilder at the Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Gustav Metzger’s Flailing Trees at the Whitworth (picture at ). A long way from Swansea I know! I do hope I am in Swansea before the 31 October. Good luck Natalia.

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