Natalie Ball

Tribe: Klamath / Modoc
Based In: Chiloquin, OR
Social Media: @natalie_m_ball

About the Art
Keeping in line with the show’s thematic focus, my approach for my commissioned piece is to acknowledge place in relation to community, identity, and shared history through an installation. I create visual stories that are informed by the complexity of Native American lives, like my own, which acknowledge intersections to strengthen and better understand ourselves, the nation, and necessarily our shared histories. As an Indigenous woman and mother, I foster my intergenerational and intertribal connections within the Pacific Northwest. These connections are ancient. For this project, I use Celilo Falls as a starting point, and as a point of departure to acknowledge ancestral intersections. Celilo Falls is a place of intertribal connection for the Pacific Northwest that extends thousands of years on the Columbia River. Though Celilo Falls now lies dormant, our connections continue today. This project is generous in materiality, ideas of place, complex experiences, and shared history in order to fill in the gaps between trading objects, gestures, and bartering and our contemporary connections. The viewer is implicated based on the materiality and gesture of the piece’s sculptural objects—tribalism, capitalism, motherhood, matriarchy, place, and (not-too-distant) futurism.

About the Artist
I make art as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity without absolutes. Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Te Manawa Museum, NZ; Half Gallery, NY; Portland Art Museum, OR; Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), NM; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and SculptureCenter, NY. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.