BY NATASHA CARLOS
My work is an archive of my continued collaboration with specific landscapes that activate an innate need for me to repeatedly visit them. This compulsion to seek sanctuary in familiar landscapes unlocks an obsessive curiosity of what still remains unexplored within these revisited sites. It opens up a visual playground for exploration of the landscape through self-portraiture that celebrates the mysterious moment when environment and identity come together.
My body is present in my landscapes, because I want to reflect my immersive, exploratory relationship with nature. There are countless landscapes in art history that feature women as beautiful props in the foreground with nature serving as a mere backdrop. There is no real dialogue with the environment. Artists like Ana Mendieta and Judy Dater challenged that norm and prompt me to think of the role my own body plays in the landscape.
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Natasha Carlos is a photographer working across mediums to explore her relationship to nature through self-portraiture that celebrates the mysterious moment when environment and identity come together.
Carlos is a first generation Portuguese-American Artist born in New York, NY. She received her BA in Public Relations at American University in Washington, D.C. in 2009 and received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.
As current Root Division Studio Artist, Natasha teaches photography in their Youth Education Program in San Francisco, CA.