At the root of all my work is my worldview. From the tiniest twig to the largest tree, the natural world is a source of inspiration for me, as well as the environment we create for ourselves. As the world becomes more modernized, I often find myself in nature connecting and recognizing humankind’s place in the world. With that thought in mind, I use the 19th century technique of lumen printing to create a true impression of our world. In my lens based photography and songwriting, I explore the world, reflecting on what is, what can be and the relationship between ourselves and nature. I love sharing with others whether through new works, exhibitions, performances/presentations, teaching, and random stories. I believe that when we form a connection, whether it lasts for a moment or a lifetime, the benefits are infinite.
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Natasha Sanchez is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Lower Garden District neighborhood.
Describe your art in three words. Makes You Think
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the natural beauty of New Orleans. My first lumen print collection, "Crescent City Illumenations", was created from and inspired by the dead flowers and leaves I picked up on my walks through the neighborhood. Turning them into lumen prints gives them new life. Most of my lumen prints come from found natural objects. The rich history of New Orleans and Louisiana provides much inspiration.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Taking walks to gather materials, road trips to ponder parallels.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Everyday existence. I am extremely interested in the details and aspire to magnify their importance in my work whether its a print, a photograph or a song.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Sooo many - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carol Burnett and Frank Zappa to name a few.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I'll have to take a line from one of my own songs "Concrete tables & honest conversation is all I need right now"
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Picking up random feathers and dead things from the sidewalks. if a bug is involved, i have tweezers. Buffas Bar & Restuarant on Wednesdays where I host the open mic.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.