CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #22: Natalia Janula

Natalia Janula is a Polish-born artist of Roma heritage, currently based in London. Their artistic practice spans sculpture, moving image, installation and performance. They are interested in urban and natural environments and the slippage between the two. Repeated themes within their work include domestic and fictional landscapes, object oriented ontologies, queer interspecies bodies and the natural world.

"My current research project titled ‘swallowing is the object of seeing’ looks into bodily fragility and the ambiguity of the connection between domesticity and technology, flesh, humour and decay. I am exploring this through creating installations which often simulate a window shop front, showcasing culinary delicacies like rubber and silicone sculptures inspired by regional aspic, latex fleshy assemblages, resin and jelly body parts, kinetic sculptures, edible looking units, silicone cutlery  and 3D printed organs.

The project speculates on food as a poetic, entertaining and discursive matter along with its impact on bonding, memories and rituals within chosen families and communities. In a broader scope I am interested in exploring the potential and the paradox of a hyper-capitalist, globally connected reality where bodies, consumption, nature, gender and labour are employed in an industry where even invisible and abstract forces, such as love and nostalgia, can materialise into a definitive economy of objects, units and value.

The installation will be exhibited at the Apiece gallery Vilnius in July 2024.

My MA at the Slade focused on sculptural installations incorporating video works. Since graduating in 2015, I exhibited in the UK, USA, Asia, Canada and Europe including two solo exhibitions at New Art Projects (London) and Union Gallery; group shows including The Residence Gallery, Filet, Horse Hospital, Final Hot Desert, Collective Ending, Iklectic, TBA Academy, Gossamer Fog, Embassy, Subsidiary Projects, Xxjira Hii, the Factory Project and Conditions amongst others. I also participated in residencies at Jupiter Woods, Camden Art Centre, Biquini Wax  and Arts Territory."

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