Artist of the Month: Natalie Papamichael
1 How long have you been at Phoenix?
I got my studio at Phoenix in 2009.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two large-scale site-specific history paintings for an exhibition at the House of St Barnabas in Soho Square in London. I have used the photos of Eleanor Antin, a feminist artist, who has restaged old masters paintings. I have restaged the images again, inserting myself in various personae into the setting and creating new narratives, which resonate with my own stories.
I particularly like to paint in oil. As a feminist intervention and as a challenge to the exclusion of women from academic training and art history, I have been teaching myself to paint in the manner of the old masters.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
Artemisia Gentileschi, Eleanor Antin, Anna Gaskell, Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta and Elsabethg Vigée Lebrun and many more female artists who have been overlooked.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Artemisia Gentileschi in Rome and Vanessa Bell at Dulwich Picture Gallery
6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
My last painting, The Masquerade, which was a departure from my early works and integrated my performance work, my studies in art history and my own personal narrative.
For more about Natalie, see her website.
Take a look at the Artist of the Month archive here and make sure to check back next month to see who’s featured!