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Natasha Ball

Gallery Opening

Gallery Opening

Throughout the month of September, Made’s gallery will be inaugurated with Natasha Ball’s exhibit “Decorative Gourds and Other Things I Found Outside.” The best way to describe the exhibit is in the words of the artist herself:

Anytime I set out to make, I can’t seem to get away from the landscapes, the people, and the unlikely stories of this place with an imaginary line around it in the shape of a frying pan. “Decorative Gourds and Other Things I Found Outside” is a celebration of this place.For this collection I wanted to imagine what it might be like if the plants from different parts of the state—especially those by my home, where my family has lived for 6 generations—came together. I wanted to make a place for them to tell lies and jokes to each other around a late-summer bonfire. Just as much, I wanted to build a memorial for the work and the spirit of my grandparents.

There is so much I admire about how they made their homes here—with curiosity, with grit, with humor, and with joy, even though.

“Decorative Gourds” includes new work in large-scale sculptural macramé, weaving, quilting, spinning, and natural dye. Many pieces incorporate the handwork of local-to-Tulsa artisans, as well as a year’s work of local sheep, alpaca, and plants. Traditions and techniques passed on to me by family members and grandparents were used whenever possible, in addition to those passed on by Oklahomans when they were interviewed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

Anytime I set out to make, I can’t seem to get away from the landscapes, the people, and the unlikely stories of this place with an imaginary line around it in the shape of a frying pan. “Decorative Gourds and Other Things I Found Outside” is a celebration of this place. For this collection I wanted to imagine what it might be like if the plants from different parts of the state—especially those by my home, where my family has lived for 6 generations—came together. I wanted to make a place for them to tell lies and jokes to each other around a late-summer bonfire. Just as much, I wanted to build a memorial for the work and the spirit of my grandparents. There is so much I admire about how they made their homes here—with curiosity, with grit, with humor, and with joy, even though. “Decorative Gourds” includes new work in large-scale sculptural macramé, weaving, quilting, spinning, and natural dye. Many pieces incorporate the handwork of local-to-Tulsa artisans, as well as a year’s work of local sheep, alpaca, and plants. Traditions and techniques passed on to me by family members and grandparents were used whenever possible, in addition to those passed on by Oklahomans when they were interviewed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

Thom Crowe
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