Natalie Guy makes objects as artworks and many of these objects mine or manipulate pre-existing imagery from art and history. These references may respond to historical style cues and sites including architectural interiors and exteriors and also specific figures; artists, architects and designers - usually mid-century modernists. The intent is to transform and destabilise a straightforward reading of the source and the new work.
There is a wilful hybridity to her work as she chooses materials that expand and question the orthodoxies of the modernist approach to material. Guy works across various media including found object, bronze, glass and wood, making works that are at once a homage of sorts to the loaded symbolism that accompanies modernity and yet her material choices appear to dematerialise the memory of the original but not its legacy.
Guy has exhibited frequently and has been represented in all the major contemporary art awards in New Zealand over recent years. She was awarded a Merit Award in the National Contemporary Art Award 2014 and won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Award (Australia) 2014 and was the inaugural recipient of an Asia NZ Foundation residency to Varanasi, India 2017. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. Guy is represented by Fox Jensen McCrory Gallery - Auckland, New Zealand.