During her residency at The Farm, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier immersed herself in the native flora of the region and created her work using local extracted flower pigments on handmade papers - stating that she was "looking for the identity of the place in colours." Without control over the pigments' reaction to the handmade papers, Hartog-Gautier's work highlights the innate creativity of nature.
She went on to say that, "As a French migrant, I was interested in Western Australia’s connection with the French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, and his historical voyages to the area. My first visit to the area to discover its landscape, The Farm provided me with a starting point to look at a land that has been farmed for generations and [to consider] the process of regenerating the land."
The residency gave me time to reflect on my work, challenge my processes, and focus on researching my 'land art on paper' practice.
Natalie Hartog-Gautier is an internationally renowned print artist based in Sydney. Her work focuses on the interaction between settlement, people, environment and ecology. Through this interaction she often expresses and explores the transformations of identity.