Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Natana Rose

by Bree Garcia

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NR: Natana Rose did not realize she was an artist until the lovely age of twenty-eight. Her mother knew the truth twenty-five years prior, thanks to Natana’s flood of ambitious two-year-old scribbles. It took Natana finishing a Masters degree in studio art at California State University, Sacramento before she embraced art as a career. Currently, Natana lives and works in Sacramento. If she is not in her studio you can find her making delicious coffee at Naked Coffee Roasters or Tupelo Coffee House. She loves running with her boyfriend, thrifting, good music, and authentic conversations.

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 SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

NR: Natana Rose likes to explore. She prefers paint, pens and paper, and is fascinated with three-dimensional layering. Currently Natana is creating a body of work using cardboard, thread, wood and sometimes cloth. She begins by crafting a wooden box, which she then lines with cardboard that has been painted white. Into that space she combines architectural cardboard shapes that contain paint and thread. The finished product is an abstract window full of activity and dimension for the viewer to enjoy.

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 SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

NR: The world is experiencing major shifts and stresses due to decisions made by modern societies, particularly those of the United States. As an artist, Natana believes she has a unique way to present select issues to the public eye and generate discussion. She has big dreams of artistically voicing her concern over actions made by U.S. citizens in relation to food and economy. Natana believes her responsibility to both a local and global community is to accurately present the world in which she lives. Finding truth through new information and experience is a high priority to Natana. Her goal as an artist is to express those truths in a way that is new and engaging.

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 SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

 NR: To all emerging artists Natana gives this advice: No matter how busy and stressful your life becomes, always make time for your art, even if it is thirty minutes a day. Make a studio space for your art, even if it is the corner of your bedroom. Art needs a home in which to be born and live. If you are pursuing a career in the arts develop a skill for networking, always put your best foot forward, and explore all of your options. Artists who are willing to put time and effort into their career have a wealth of opportunity in the world. Thanks to internet, websites and online networking artists can now expand their horizons far past their hometown roots.

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 SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

 NR: Three of Natana’s favorite Sacramento grown artists are Meech Miyagi, Tom Monteith and Mikko Lautamo. Each of these artists expand their fields in startling and captivating ways. As a sculptor, Meech takes simple items–tree branches, wire and paper—and creates enchanting, meaningful figures. Tom, as a painter, takes the viewer’s eye on a fantastic journey of abstract push and pull. Mikko, using digital media, explores rich philosophical material in a brilliant array of color and movement. Each of these artists visually discuss their experience of the world.

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 SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

 NR: The greatest art resource Natana has enjoyed happens to be online search engines or websites devoted to sharing artists adventures. Thanks to PBS, Art Century 21 is a fantastic series devoted to giving a glimpse into the lives of current day artists. This series has often inspired and encouraged Natana to continue her own journey. Natana knows no other better resource for art history than Sacramento State’s art history professor Elaine O’Brian.

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 SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

 NR: There are amazing artists in Sacramento. If you love art, buy it, that is the best way to show an artist he or she has your support. Art is like wine or beer, you have to spend time with it to develop a taste for its variety and language. Be bold and talk to the artist, you might discover a friend. If an artist’s work confuses you, ask questions. You might fall in love with it after discovering why the artist made it look a certain way. Lastly, thank you for taking time to read this blog and learn a little more about the artists featured here.

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Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

Contact info:

Cell: 530.575.0829

Showing at Red Dot Gallery in December 2013.

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