Natalie Obermaier Art
After graduating magna cum laude from Philadelphia’s Drexel University with a degree in Photography, L.A.-based artist Natalie Obermaier moved to Seattle where she worked alongside acclaimed photographer, Jock Sturges. Working in the darkroom five days a week for three years, she mastered the craft of traditional printing, while also managing his studio. Her early bodies of work in black and white film are soulful and classic, showing a natural and deep connection with the people she photographs. Currently, Obermaier has turned her attention to hand-cut collage, sourcing her materials primarily from the glossy pages of women’s fashion magazines.
Coalescing is a series of hand-cut and woven collages made in response to the incessant onslaught of mass media and pressures of mainstream beauty standards found within. Women’s fashion magazines in particular stand at a crossroads of cult, consumerism, and the unattainable image. By re-appropriating and deconstructing those glossy pages something truer, hand-made and authentic can be expressed. The resulting juxtapositions seek to remind one of the visual and psychological manipulations abound in advertising while also creating a new dialogue in response. Coalescing manipulates the manipulated as both a rebuttal to the aesthetic pressures of advertising and as a reclamation of the human image to speak a deeper truth by reflecting a more personable and representative spirit of self.