Natacha Nellis was born in 1985 in Montréal, Québec, where she currently resides. Very quickly drawn to the arts and stage direction, her love of costumes and other personal interests prompted her to pursue collegial studies in fashion design in 2009. Her need for further freedom in production subsequently led her to reorient her studies to the visual arts. Her first pregnancy interrupted the course of her studies, which she then resumed directly at UQÀM in 2013, to complete a Certificate – still in Visual Arts.Read more
The public has had the opportunity to see her work in the context of three group exhibitions: Parcomètres 2 at GHAM & DAFE gallery (2017), then Synthèse and Passages à découvert in a temporary location and at Galerie de l’UQAM (2018).
All of my works are staged. Each one of them is developed through grappling with technique and playfulness in a dance in which the partners’ contours are deliberately blurred. It all starts with a game in which few rules are stipulated, continues as a joust in which not all elements are controllable, and finishes with an act in which the viewer is the sole judge of meaning.
The stage is set – all that’s left is to breathe the necessary life into the story, so it can be read. Next up in the contenders, as an influence that is just as perceptible in my life and my art: the universe of fairytales. My admiration for fantasy worlds is evoked through the suitable aesthetics that I favour and develop as much in art as in my life in general. Numerous examples demonstrate that an attraction to magical or alternative worlds is no longer reduced to the pejorative label of “childishness,” or to deceptions of reality prompting more than one person to temporarily seek refuge in mysticism or phantasmagoria. Children, nevertheless, are ultimately the bearers of spontaneity and the ability to overlap between dreams and reality. They are an excellent audience when presented with a mystery, and capable collaborators in the context of games – or even narration. Their presence, or that of themes stimulating the imagination, is a call to make their magnificent innocence resurface.
When the curtain goes down, it’s time to wrap up, retouch, print images, and if necessary, arrange the best shots of the session. Each selected scene can become a story in and of itself, but the interconnectedness of the scenes multiplies potential interpretations. So the viewer is left with the choice of assembling the elements that I provide as they wish, to find in their own way their own story, their favourite game, their inner child.