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#10 Natasja Mabesoone : The Portmanteau Princess
In March until September 2020, we’ve launched The Art Series, providing our members with access to exclusive artworks specially made for our community. As a Subbacultcha member, you received 16 artworks made by local and international creatives.
Members in the period starting from 29 May 2020 until 4 June 2020, received an A3 print of Natasja's drawing, titled The Portmanteau Princess.
Her work consists of layered etchings and drawings, often shown in a handmade frame. In the soft ground etchings, known by their French name ‘vernis mous’, various objects, like flowers, fabrics, and embossed paper, are pressed into a varnish before placing the plate into a mordant. This fundamental layer concedes additional imagery (drawings or monoprints) to waft on top of, through or underneath a background made out of coloured soft ground etching. Her pictorial vocabulary derives from bus trips, cartoons, elements of board games, Hannah Weiner, the animal kingdom, the hermetic poems of Stephane Mallarmé, Sudoku and word play.
In each work, a different protagonist is staged using seemingly ingenuous depictions of everyday highs and lows. The narrative in her work doesn’t necessarily require a plot. Rather, the narrative potential lies in the imagery, the materiality and the underlying cultural associations or imaginary and its etymological framework.