Installation view Death Majestic 2016, Neon Parlour Gallery
Natalie Mather is known for her high impact, ‘loud’ abstract paintings, using synthetic colour and repetition that deliberately obscures the underlying image. Each work, constructed with the most delicate consideration, contains multiple layers of paint in all its forms including acrylic, oil and enamel. Composing a painting can take months, with only fragments of the total work visible once it is completed.
For Mather the painting process is also a method within which she grapples with grave and overwhelming subjects such as fear of death, fear of inertia, fear of the future, anger and violence, allusions to which can at times be seen in the titles for her works. Mather's paintings deliberately make viewing both alluring and difficult, corresponding with her own pleasure in, and difficulty with, the process of making.