Natasha Shoro is a contemporary visual artist born in Ithaca, now working and residing in Irvine, Southern California.
Natasha Shoro’s genres include abstract mixed media and mixed media collage paintings to site specific installations which address topics from her life experiences of being a woman with multi-cultural influences. She finds inspiration from her travels and is inspired by the aerial cartographies in nature.
Natasha spent the first twelve years of her life traveling extensively as her father worked in the hotel management business. Living in the United States, Africa, Europe and Pakistan exposed Natasha to a wide range of languages and culture. This rich overlap of experience has had a profound influence on Natasha’s art making. Throughout her schooling both in the United States and abroad, Natasha has continued to be recognized and awarded for her accomplishments in fine art, experimenting with a variety of mediums.
Natasha continues to exhibit internationally. Her work has evolved over the years and masters a variety of multi media techniques. Natasha’s passion for mark-making in drawing and painting encourages a journey of self-discovery and investigation of personal space and overlapping identity.
The Essence of Being is a mother-daughter shared worldview that harmonizes creative expression through abstract painting, photography, and poetry. The concept behind the Essence of Being was a product of Natasha’s drive in celebrating roots and identity through her art, and Anushe Shoro’s (Natasha’s daughter) exploration of interconnectedness between herself and the environment. Both mother and daughter began this journey in early 2012 and this exploration can only best be shared through their artwork and is shared in their recent book published in May 2018. The book NATASHA SHORO The Essence of Beingis written by Anushe Shoro and includes essays from art historians Dr. Roberta Carasso, Meher McArthur, Marjorie Husain and Dr. Joanna Roche. Other most recent published reviews by art critics Roberta Carasso in Art Scene California and by Dr. Joanna Roche in Artillery Magazine express the artists’ connection with nature.
Natasha’s paintings are in corporate collections worldwide with a major collection at CTBC Bank, USA – Los Angeles. Her paintings are included in numerous private and public art collections around the world.
In my art, a spiritual journey is reflected in the mapping of my work. From the prominent, fluid strokes to the earthy, textures expressed through mixed media it is evident that Mother Nature is my best teacher. My inner space evolved from the mercy of the womb – the Mother-Daughter interconnectedness as nature’s gift. This connection gives an uplifting and spiritual existence to my being. The layers and screens, through which I live, give a sense of containment and fluid space with self-discovery and reflection of my surroundings. Exposed to eastern and western worlds through my roots, my identity soars through layers of color and intuitive mark making. Outer space is brought forth in the mapping of aerial views, ocean depths, and desert like spaces from my travels. The fluidity of crossing boundaries and overlapping bring upon the relationships of world religions and spiritual being on earth. I am empowered by the colors, textures and patterns of nature. Through the process of experimental art, I feel the layers and transparencies of my essence unfolding in front of me.
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