Little Trace of Natasha Frisch


Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 23 January 2013.

Little Trace of Natasha Frisch image It Was Never Meant To Be This Way image Baby…Don’t Cry image Burning the midnight oil in her studio in New York. image Left - Since I met you #2. Right - Since I met you #1 image Somebody else’s shadow (NY) image Us [working title]. image Somewhere In Between image Nasty Little Piece of Work (detail) image It’s Nothing… Really image Nowhere Near Here (detail) image Nowhere Near Here image

Sydney-based artist Natasha Frisch creates elegant and meticulous paper sculptures that challenge our perception of the built environment. Many of her works posses a chameleon-like quality, effortlessly camouflaging themselves into their immediate environment.

Natasha completed her Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts) at RMIT University, and since then has presented in several solo exhibitions both in Australia and overseas. A veteran in taking part in artist-in-residence programs, Natasha was a recent recipient of the Woollahra residency, where she will be creating her plant works for a community project. At the end of the year she will be travelling to NYC for a 3-month residency at NARS .

Featured Project // Natasha’s precise replicas of everyday objects, made by hand using tracing paper and tape.

Why It Rocks // Even though each piece requires a significant amount of work and skill, her sculptures never scream for attention – they are delicate, quiet and subtle.

Below is a little Q&A with the artist.

What are you seeking to portray in your work? What is fundamental to your practice – your philosophy and your process?

I mainly work with modest materials such as tracing paper, double-sided tape and fishing line to construct models and installations that closely approximate everyday objects and sites. The fragile and impermanent nature of the materials I use ensures that the work cannot be easily transported or translated to another site. The temporary constructions exist only for the lifetime of the exhibition and upon de-installation the work is documented and then destroyed. If the work is to be shown again it must be re-made and all that remains of each piece is photographic or video evidence. My installations document the situations where human behaviour has altered the physical or emotional for better or worse and via stillness and spatial displacement allow for a slippage between the real and the unreal.

What has been your favourite project so far?

It may be yet to come… I was recently awarded a 3 month residency at The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation in Brooklyn for late 2013.

What was one of your biggest lessons learned since starting out?

Persistence is everything.

Any interesting/ funny/ quirky facts about your work that you could share with us?

Nobody ever believes that the work is made from paper so they have to touch it to make sure it is. The first time I exhibited ‘Somewhere In Between’ somebody actually sat on them because they thought they were real. See blog post and photos that prove this.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Be true to yourself.

If you were not an artist, what would you be?

Possibly an architect or industrial designer.

Nothing inspires me like…

Forgotten architecture, overheard conversations, and weeds.

I am really good at…

Cutting, folding and sticking paper.

Most people don’t know that I…

Make all of my paper work by hand.