Natasha Boone is a writer, artist and illustrator based out of Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory. Using oils, acrylics and found mixed media, her paintings highlight the difficulty of living with ill health, and the resulting dis/association of her body to herself. Likewise, having been inspired by Yayoi Kusama and her use of mirrors in emphasizing body distortion, Natasha likewise employs image deconstructualization to convey the frustration of living in a defunct body. She is published in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 10th Edition, and is also a feature writer for The Mighty. She has exhibited in alternative and artist-run centers throughout the city of Winnipeg and is the recipient of a Manitoba Arts Grant for her graphic novel, ‘How I Contracted Hep C and Other Bedtime Stories’.
Natasha Boone’s work explores the emotions behind being a “lifer” (chronically ill able/disabled person), and the subsequent “othering” that occurs due to having such a diagnosis. Her paintings are large and expressive.
Natasha is a three-time kidney transplant patient, with a cumulative of twelve years on dialysis. Her health dis/ability has brought challenge in life, but likewise has uniquely permitted her an opportunity to live ‘outside normative societal expectations’. In that sense then, she is free to be ‘other’, to use thick brushwork to “speak loudly” in her art.
During this time of COVID-19, the potential of contracting an illness became a threat to everyone, with even the healthy having to stop and acknowledge a sense of body-fragility. This idea of being “out of control” however, is a familiar one to any individual already living with a life-impacting illness. Having been diagnosed with chronic renal failure since before she could hold a pencil, Natasha has spent a lifetime of drawing – Her work wrestles with health and identity, and of how to live well and fully despite – or because of – such body-uncertainty. This tension is crucial to her work.
And especially important in this time in our history.
Natasha paints sizable, bold pieces on hand-stretched canvas. Drawing inspiration from the modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe, she hopes that: if I paint large enough, (surely) someone ought to listen.
Some works are available for purchase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. To view more of Natasha Boone’s work, go to http://www.instagram.com/natasha.boone.paints
Self Portrait In White 2017 47 x 30 oil NFS