Natalie Pullen is a Dublin-based visual artist working through paint, writing and research. She completed her BA Fine Art Paint and Visual Culture at NCAD in 2017, and her MA in Art in the Contemporary World in 2019. Natalie is currently working towards a solo exhibition in the Alley Arts Centre, Co. Derry in November 2021, and a solo exhibition in Ballina Arts Centre in 2022. She is based in Abbey Artist Studios, which she voluntarily co-manages and runs public engagement. Natalie is a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland and her practice is funded by the Irish Arts Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Council, and Fingal Arts Council.
Natalie is preoccupied with the awkwardness, vulnerability and absurdity of making an abstract painting and asking someone to look at it. She refers to her current, ongoing project as ‘Co-’. Co- is a prefix, unfixed, waiting to be fixed to another term, and change its meaning through this latch or bond. Co- speaks to the collective and relational aspect of an encounter with an artwork in an art space. Through fully inhabiting her studio practice and negotiating with surface, mark-making and the application of paint, and through public display, social engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration, she attempt to stammer the language of painting so as to unseat the inherited set of expectations it carries and encourage the audience to look again.
Natalie makes her residence in Can Serrat during October 2021