“I work to move “Indian” outside of governing discourses to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity without absolutes.”

Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree in Maori Visual Arts, with a focus on Indigenous contemporary arts. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her installations and performative art have been shown nationally and internationally, including Te Manawa Museum, New Zealand; Out of Sight 2016, WA; Portland2016 Biennial; Open Engagement 2016, CA; Portland Art Museum; Nerman Museum, KS; IAIA MoCNA, NM; and Hallie Ford Museum of Art, OR. Natalie is currently attaining her MFA degree in Painting at Yale School of Art.