Multidisciplinary artist Natacha Sochat is an energetic, complex creator of objects that she views as visual language. Natacha creates the visual experience language with multilayered meaning, contradictory at times, simultaneously abstract and recognizable. She sees each individual visual object that is created as a poem, allowing the work to speak for itself. She values an artist statement as being part of the work. Artist statements must have a real connection to the visual experience of the work. Statements that have no real connection to the experience of the work itself are not credible.
Natacha uses various mediums in execution of her projects: painting, sculpture, crocheting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, performance art, and video. References to being female, human, sister, wife, mother, healer, scientist, and multicultural, all influence the work. Most found objects’ that she uses were really part of her life and not just found outside of her actual experience.
Natacha’s art practice is conceptual, but she does not exclude the importance of the hand from this practice. Natacha believes that the hand is the mind. In expressing a visual idea/experience, there exists different degrees of of how recognizable the work is. All are equally valid. However, creating an unreadable object expecting that an artist statement alone will justify it for the viewer is not part of her artistic practice. Natacha considers it very important for the success of the work that the viewer can ‘see’ some connection in the work to the artist statement.
An artist who is constantly researching and exploring cannot merely live in the narrow confines of one ‘style’. Style is just an expressive communication tool, an alphabet that artists use to convey meaning. The time has passed that style alone is the most important factor for an artist’s work. However, artists should be well versed in many styles so as not to limit their communication to the viewer. No matter what style an artist chooses to do, Natacha believes that the artist’s mind/hand will be evident over all the work.
The conceptual practice of an artist does not always culminate in a concrete manifestation of ‘object’. Early on in Natacha’s work she became aware that the performative as part of the process results in ‘the actual experience is the work of art’. Symbolically and metaphorically, there is a DNA of Memory that exists not only in the body of the artist, but exists in the work if only spiritually.
Natacha believes that discovery must always be unfettered by any confines of someone else’s dogma, and allow Chaos, as the ultimate creator of the new, to enter into a visual expression.
Natacha Sochat was born in New York City, growing up in La Habana Cuba and in the south Bronx where she attended the Bronx HS of Science. Bilingual from birth, she is the oldest child of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents.
Natacha has an MFA in Studio Art from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and has exhibited her work nationally with numerous awards. She has a BA in Biology Boston University College of Liberal Arts (summa cum laude with art history minor) and a Doctorate in Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine.
Natacha has taught at numerous places including School of the Museum of Fine Arts (painting), the New Hampshire Institute of Art (drawing and printmaking), and was Master Teacher in Studio Arts at the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program (Concord, NH).
Currently she is represented by 5 Points Gallery in Durham NC.
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Links to some solo or special exhibitions:
MFA Thesis Aidekman Gallery Tufts University Boston, MA
MFA thesis video
SugiPOP! Portsmouth Museum of Art Snowboard
NeuroMorphic – Beland Gallery Essex Art Center Lawrence MA
NeuroMorphic – NKG Boston MA
Between Presence and Absence: Making Roots -The Carrack Modern Gallery Durham NC
Retablos – Waterworks Visual Arts Center Salisbury NC
Making Roots – CMAC Gallery Raleigh NC
Litmus Gallery Group exhibition interview