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Natsu: Path of Particles

October 21 to November 20, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Artist speaks at 7:15 p.m.

Natsu, Path of Particles, 2010, Plastic beads and brass wire, 72 x 108 x 108 inches. Photo: Teru OnishiHANCOCK, MI - "Path of Particles," an exhibit of sculpture by New York artist Natsu, is featured at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, October 21 to November 20, 2010.

New York artist NatsuAn opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the gallery Thursday, October 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Natsu will speak at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sparkling, complex, and organic are words that only begin to describe the metaphysical bead sculptures of artist Natsu. Using small plastic beads that are strung together and woven in a labor-intensive process, Natsu creates sculptures that explore the origins, structure, and existence of the universe-with a view to both the scientific and the mythological.

For Natsu, the process of creating her artwork is infused with meaning. "My artwork is made of intertwined strings of beads," she says. "Beads are like atoms, the basis on which the entire world is formed."

"My repetitive primitive act in the creating process, stringing beads and weaving them with my hands into a complex web structure, creates an infinite pattern symbolizing the cycle of the world," Natsu adds.

Natsu, Path of Particles, 2010, Plastic beads and brass wire, 72 x 108 x 108 inches. Photo: Teru OnishiNatsu's work probes the dualities of our world, from the harmony of the physical and the ethereal to the tension between natural and human made objects.

She explains that, "I follow the rhythmic, nearly-unconscious motion of my hands. It resembles natural growth-as atoms (beads) arrange themselves-or instinctual behavior, like a bird weaving its nest. My handmade, labor-intensive process of creation transforms time into art."

Natsu likens her creative process to an act of contemplation or prayer. "Through my creation, I purify myself and trace and experience the mysterious workings of the universe little by little," she notes. "I am stringing and weaving my prayer, memories, and moments."

Born and educated in Japan, Natsu now lives in New York City. She completed a bachelor of fine arts at the Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York and Japan.

Natsu, Path of Particles, 2010, Plastic beads and brass wire, 72 x 108 x 108 inches. Photo: Teru OnishiNatsu has also participated in many artist residency programs, including the Artist Alliance Inc. LES-RSP Residency Program, New York; the Swing Space Residency of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York; and the Emerge8 Program, Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey.

Natsu will work with Finlandia University International School of Art & Design students October 19 to 22.

"Path of Particles" is on display at the Finlandia University Gallery through November 20.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

 

Photo cutlines:

Natsu_portrait-web.jpg:  The artist, Natsu

Wing-Natsu-web.jpg: Wing - Form of Wind (detail), 2008, Plastic beads, brass wire and sequins, 80"x30"x7" Photo: Teru Onishi

Natsu_Path_of_Particles_01-web.jpg and Natsu_Path_of_Particles_03-web.jpg: Natsu, Path of Particles, 2010, Plastic beads and brass wire, 72 x 108 x 108 inches. Photo: Teru Onishi

Natsu_Path_of_Particles_02-web.jpg: Natsu, Path of Particles (detail), 2010, Plastic beads and brass wire, 72 x 108 x 108 inches. Photo: Teru Onishi