Natalie Rich is a versatile artist who has developed a rich and diverse artistic practice, exploring multiple mediums to express her unique vision of the world.
Natalie Rich-Fernandez started working with ceramics about a decade ago, exploring sculpture, design, and installations in public spaces.
She co-founded Galeria Tambìen in Ibiza with her husband Jorge Fernandez in 2018, where they showcase 20th-century design and beloved artists.
Natalie crafts her own vocabulary of forms, creating artworks that blend wood and ceramics. Everything used in the studio for the creation of her work becomes a part of it, such as the wooden base on which she cuts ceramic elements that provide color and design. These elements are affixed by the artist and later reused as a canvas for a future composition. Manufacturing errors are embraced and integrated into the artwork.
She creates symbols, a black ceramic alphabet that she exhibits in Madrid for the reopening of the legendary Maïté Commodore restaurant, which becomes "Commodore."
A language in which she appropriates symbols, tools, utensils, and a writing style that together form a poetic ensemble.
In 2023, she installs a unique 400CMX240CM wooden and ceramic artwork in the entrance hall of the Teranka Hotel in Formentera.
She explains :
“”‘Elements” is a process where I create ceramic elements using different types of clay to introduce color and texture. Some are glazed, while others remain in their biscuit state.
The wooden support, an essential tool, is part of the composition. It is prepared and used both for cutting and drying the clay, which gives it its weathered appearance.
Similar to the moment of creating the artwork itself. A spontaneous moment, in the present, where the elements come together. With a collection of elements, I create a composition, establish a rhythm, and construct.”
She exhibits in Paris as part of a group exhibition of Spanish artists called "EL Gozo," curated by exhibition curators Sarah Suco Torres and Nicolas Dewavrin.
She introduces wood, which becomes an element just like ceramics.
Construction wood, reclaimed wood, weathered wood…