New Toi Poneke exhibition blurs fantasy and reality

23 October 2014

Otherworldly forms suspended in hand–woven nets occupy Toi Pōneke Gallery for the coming fortnight in artist Natalie Smith’s first solo show.

Detail of Emma Smith's installation.

New work by Toi Pōneke artist-in-residence Natalie Smith


Shadows out of time explores the idea of a dystopian society, and features sculptural works as well as monoprints on paper.

The exhibition is the culmination of Natalie’s residency at Toi Pōneke, which she describes as a “great opportunity”.

“Having a rent free studio to work from straight out of study has really allowed my practice to evolve.”

The exhibition enters a new area of Natalie’s practice as she explores installation and object making. Her work is a hybridization of fantasy and reality, informed by science fiction and uncanny art.

“I am intrigued by things that are strangely familiar and like to make work that creates a sense of unease.”

Shadows out of time opens 5.30pm, Thursday 23 October and runs until Sunday 8 November at Toi Pōneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street Wellington.