This month find artwork created by Natalia during her residency in the museum during August 2023.
Natalia, I gathered and boiled flowers, leaves, bark and other plants found in Bonita to extract the pigment to create natural dyes. While creating these dyes I pull color, history, and memory from thriving plants. In my work, I use hand embroidery, machine stitching along with hand dyed fabrics to create hanging textiles that are quiet, delicate, and soft in nature. My goal was to capture the essence of Bonita.
The process of walking in nature, searching for plants, and gathering materials is spiritually grounding. Connecting with the land became an amazingly impactful part of my project. While working I thought about the people who have occupied this space before me. The feet that walked along the river bed, the animals that ran through the hills and the rushing water that carved out the land we call Bonita.