In a destructive world crowded by war, desperation and poverty, it can sometimes feel like innocence and heart no longer exist. Slumped on a conveyor belt, we’re scanned with consumerism, hate and selfishness; and love and harmony are just abstract concepts lost in the depths of tales and folklore.
Still, here and there pockets of happiness lie, giving us bursts of purity and tangles of nurture – enough to get us by, for now at least.
It can be easy to feel frustrated at the world though and art has always been a platform for that expression – depictions symbolising our thoughts and feelings – depictions that speak the truth, and say so much more than words can ever say.
A flare of emotion and energy, Natty Peterkin works thought and power into his illustrations to liberate his innervation. With a world of inspiration at his fingertips, the pure, natural and absurd feature in his pieces.
“Nature is something I really appreciate – it’s what we’re part of and that’s easy to forget in the plastic environment of everyday life so we have to remind ourselves,” says Natty. “There’s a lack of innocence that comes from being detached from the world.”
In his work, Natty expresses his difference in opinion and picks up on some of life’s frustrations citing bureaucracy, unfairness and money as particular trigger points. His work is raw and is delivered at the height of expression.
He uses illustration and painting as his main mediums to allow for texture – some show flashes of colour, some are scratchy and unprocessed, some are dark and detailed.
“I try to be playful and experimental. The more detailed pieces are, the more emotionally detached they are – the quicker pieces have more energy and emotion which is really important for me,” he says. “I like trying new things. Once i get used to a technique, it stops feeling creative because it’s a process I already know. It turns art into craft so I change my approach.”
Using mainly acrylic on canvas, Natty mixes paints and collages together to create different effects. Sometimes it takes a few hours to do a piece, sometimes it takes days, working in stages.
“When I create a new piece, it can feel quite exciting. You feel like you’re starting something but you don’t know where it’s going to go. Then you get caught up in it and lose track of time and it feels invigorating,” says Natty. “It feeds into your own energy which is very fulfilling and puts you on a creative high. The more you do, the more you want to do, so it’s quite momentum based.”
Progressing his work, Natty’s explosive style has expanded allowing for multiple ideas and thoughts to be extracted from his work.
“Recently I have been picking up on energy and emotion. My hope is that people will feel that energy and and state of mind, and it will give them that feeling of invigoration,” he says. “ It also makes it more relatable because it’s raw so it doesn’t require explanation; so if it causes you to think of similar things then it’s successful because you associate the work with thoughts and memories from your own life.”
For Takeaway Art, Natty has created sets of four 7×7 canvasses which can be hung together in any way you choose.
“They’re quite abstract and full of texture, colour and energy. Some are quite explosive,” he says. “I’ve done three batches: some are mainly red, purple and yellow, some are blue, purple and red and some have different tones of green and yellow. The idea is that they’ll be hung together and you can put them in any order you like. I wanted to make something interesting with a degree of interactivity. It’s something I haven’t done before so I’m not sure what the effects will be on people but I hope they enjoy them.”
Speaking about his work Natty admits a playful relationship with his work but finds it an opportunity for release.
“It’s a way of letting go of things like self-consciousness so you can just live in the moment of what you’re doing. I want people to live creatively and harmoniously. Consumer society is unhealthy and dangerous to our continued existence. I’m very against a lot of things happening in politics so I express anger and desperation in my work because I feel trapped in a negative cycle. On a cultural level, I’m very keen on working on that and proving there are better ways of living and educating each other.”
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