Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form of the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from ... Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ – the boundary of the unknown.” But they transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fisherman; artists get you out into that dark sea.
Natasha Hovey Artist Statement
Anatomical renderings and historical imagery allow the body to be translated from its complex layered structure to a more simplified form, often with the use of changes in dimension, scale, color, and perspective. Not unlike geographical maps, they facilitate meaning by setting up multiple systems of analysis that as a whole can be understood.
As a sculptor my ceramic practice and research of the human physiology are often approached simultaneously utilizing metaphorical associations and microscopic imagery that seeks to make sense of my own being at a genetic level. With the use of the metaphor and anatomical imagery I remove the body from its original context allowing a highly complex system to be stripped to its most basic elements. By translating my genetic information in this way I am able to begin to understand the factors associated with genetic mutations, how these mutations occur, and my genealogy specifically investigating possible environmental factors.