My recent art practice was initially developed from my determination to establish an artistic methodology that would cause minimal harm to the environment. The materials, environments and processes I'm drawn to force their restrictive power over my projects, requiring me to honour the agency of these non-human entities, while paradoxically participating in manipulation and acknowledging my own complicity within an exploitative system. I am interested in subverting the dualistic concept of humans vs. nature by reversing the power dynamics between myself and the various natural environments and organic materials with which I collaborate. Currently, I aim to take this further by incorporating gestures of reciprocity into my work.
Natasha Lavdovsky is a 2nd generation settler born in Lekwungen unceded territory and raised on Tsawout First Nations unceded territory, in BC. She attended Princeton University where she studied Art, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Studio Art & Art History. In 2011, she moved back to the West Coast to learn how to live off the land. During this time she gained a deeper appreciation of the importance of decolonization and environmental stewardship, which has greatly informed her artistic practice. Natasha works in a variety of mediums including film photography, performance, digital videography, sculpture, and nature installation.