April 10–May 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8:00 pm
From silk, steel, and wood, artist Natalie Shudt has created an all-encompassing environment of flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall. Sway will be on display at The Art League Gallery April 10 – May 4, 2014.
Botanical and architectural forms inspired Shudt’s three-dimensional fiber sculptures. Her work blends a love of texture, color, and form. She uses silks, wools and other fine fabrics, stitching and quilting them heavily enough to build sculptures with flowing lines and vibrant color.
Sway envelops the viewer amongst hovering lily pads, flowing leaves, and crawling mushroom shelves. While the works are evocative of plants, they also represent experiences that are a part of the human condition.
As Shudt’s work began to expand in size over time, a more stable base was required, which led her to consider what it meant to be anchored.
“As we go through life and make decisions, do they confine us? Limit us? Or do they give us a base from which to expand and flow? I hope to present sculpture that while weighted with bases or attachments of some kind, appears unrestrained and free flowing,” explains Shudt.
Shudt spent her early career as a business strategy consultant and worked across the US, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. She learned to sew as a child and her passion for fiber was rekindled as she traveled through Southeast Asia, inspired by the silks in Thailand and embroidery of Vietnam. Shudt holds a BA from Wellesley College and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a member of The Art League, Washington Project for the Arts, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and the MIT Entrepreneurship Society.