Natasha Edmondson studied at Waterford Institute of Technology and was awarded a 3 month sculpture residency at National Sculpture Factory.
Natasha’s work concentrates on the unnoticed and mundane within contemporary society, investigating our relationship with such objects. Her subjects are often found abandoned or discarded. Through various mediums, Natasha attempts to capture these objects so that she may bring to them a new sense of life or purpose. It was through her installation piece entitled, ‘The R.S.P.C.O’, that she was awarded a First Class Honours in her studies in Visual Art at Waterford Institute of Technology. Natasha’s creativity was evident from a young age, her studies in art to date have spurred an investigative process of herself and her environment. Taking influence from early 20th Century thinking, particularly that of Kandinsky and Malevich in the realm of Abstract art, along with more contemporary artists’ Gerhard Richter and Ed Kienholz, Natasha does not like to confine her work to any one medium but chooses to use what best interprets her ideas at the time. Since completing her degree, Natasha’s work has been selected for the ELIA NEU/NOW Online Festival 2011, she has also been awarded a residency at the National Sculpture Factory. She has had several group shows and a successful solo show ‘Flux’ in 2010, her work is also part of the Waterford Municipal Collection. Natasha currently resides in Waterford City and works from her studio based at Central Hall in Waterford’s cultural triangle.
‘Our relationship with our possessions is never straightforward. It is a complex blend of the knowing and the innocent. Objects are far from innocent as Berger suggested, and that is what makes them too interesting to ignore’- Deyan Sudjic in The Language of Things: Understanding the world of Desirable Objects at the R.S.P.C.O. we aim to bring back a sense of desire for objects that have been lost or neglected. It is difficult to find good homes for these objects and many of them have been with us for some time. Objects are everywhere – some are functional and others ornamental, but either way we all possess objects, as they are an important part of our everyday lives. However, The R.S.P.C.O. questions why these objects are important to us given that contemporary society is about mass consumerism. Objects which once served us so loyally, now only serve us temporarily due to the influx of consumer engineering. A constant desire for the top of the range product or an item of clothing that is in fashion has brought us to an age where we simply want instead of need. Every day thousands of objects are abandoned or forgotten about, but some of these objects are lucky to get a second chance at life and are donated, repaired or passed on to a friend or family member, thus going to a new home to provide service and enjoyment to a new family. Unfortunately there are many objects that do not get a second chance at life. To date The R.S.P.C.O. has rescues over fifty objects. Some of these objects have been successfully re-homed, but there are still many objects currently in our care that eagerly await a new family.