“I make art as proposals of refusal, without absolutes, to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity.”
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 art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), Montreal, QC; Te Manawa Museum, New Zealand; Portland2016 Biennial, OR; Portland Art Museum, OR; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS; Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), NM; and Hallie Ford Museum of Art, OR. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.