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Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
Loparite (Kintsugi)
by Natale Adgnot

Acrylic, transfer on linen

Size: 39.5" W x 39.5" H x 1" D

Year: 2016


Minerals (overview)

The ongoing series MINERALS is an examination of stereotyping – the hidden systems that inevitably drive human behavior in all cultures and societies. It was initially developed in the United States using references from American culture. The series was later reinterpreted to address a Japanese audience following a 2-month research residency at Tokyo Arts and Space. As a dual French/American citizen, I plan to extend the series to encompass references from the cultures of France and French-speaking nations.

Japanese Minerals

The Japanese segment of the “Minerals” series is an offshoot of the earlier American Minerals work.

“Minerals” are a mashup of pop culture, sociology, scientific data and the raw beauty of stones. These large acrylic paintings show crystal shapes against the backdrop of scientific mineral data that has been reinterpreted as scales of human traits. Each mineral property (hard, dense, lustrous, etc.) is represented by a famous face plucked from the spectrum of contemporary Japanese cultural references. The faces used in these works come from extensive cultural research and polling undertaken while in residence at Tokyo Arts and Space (formerly Tokyo Wonder Site) in 2015.

The series was originally developed using faces that are famous in America, proving that – regardless of culture – a cliché, a stereotype or a façade always hides something more complex.

The Mineralogical Scales (Japanese Interpretation):

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Natale Adgnot
About Natale Adgnot
Natale has a background in fashion design and graphic design and brings a mixed media eye to her work. Her series Drawings in 3D and Minerals both play with repetition, form, shape and have a sculptural point of view. She has a fascination for science and patterns and has traveled across the world living in the US, France and Japan. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

View her CV here.
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