Natalie Krick (b. 1986) lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. She has recently exhibited at Aperture Gallery in New York, SAD Gallery in Seattle and The Museum of Sex in New York. She received an Individual Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation in 2015 and was awarded the Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2017. Her first book, Natural Deceptions, was published by Skylark Editions in the Fall of 2017.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Natural Deceptions

2010 – 2016

My mother and I perform for each other, for the camera and ultimately for you. In the harsh revealing light of the flash; we pose, we masquerade until our unstable identities begin to merge. We impersonate each other and ourselves, emulating imagery that has taught us how to be beautiful. The resulting pictures, portraits and fragmented photographs of our stylized bodies, mimic the alluring glamour and artifice found in magazines while mocking the idea of being easy on the eyes. In the act of embodying these tropes, cultural cliches become personal, pointing to the way photography influences the fantasies and fictions we have created about ourselves.

Spread © Natalie Krick

When and where did Natural Deceptions begin?

I started making photographs with my mom when I was in grad school at Columbia College Chicago. Initially I was interested in showing femininity as artifice, as a facade and as a performance. I would give my mom exaggerated makeovers and photograph her. As the project developed - I started to study the ways women are stylized and posed in popular culture - noticing the ways the female body is sexualized. I would style and pose my mom after images I found in magazines. I was also making collages out of women's magazines and at a certain point I started to incorporate parts of the magazines and elements of collage into the photographs. From the beginning I wanted to make imagery that was alluring but not necessarily just easy to consume.

Mom in the mirror © Natalie Krick

 Me posing as Mom posing as Marilyn  © Natalie Krick

Congratulations on recently publishing this series as a monograph! What was your experience like making the book?

Thank you!! I am so thrilled! The book was printed last November (2017) - I was able to go on-press at Hemlock and it was such an awesome experience! The book was a long time in the making - I started working on the book with Lara Shipley (the designer) in 2014! The book was published by Skylark Editions a non-profit publishing project based in Chicago and Atlanta run by Kelli Connell, Paul D'Amato and Gregory Harris. I know Paul and Kelli from Columbia College and it was such a treat to work with them on this project. The book comes with a tri-fold poster which includes an awesome work of fiction by Ann Friedman.

Where may we purchase Natural Deceptions?

Where do you see this project going?

Currently a selection of images from the project is on view at Aperture (until February 3rd). I'll also be showing the project along side some new works in Seattle at Glassbox Gallery in April.

What helps you sustain your current creative practice?

Currently I don't get to be creative during my day job (I make a living waiting tables at a restaurant in Seattle) but I do get fed and I work with a lot of great people. I find so much pleasure in making pictures, planning shoots and collaging but I am also partially driven by of my own anxieties (haha) but I'm trying to work on that! I have a lot of friends who are artists and having that amazing community also keeps me motivated!

What’s next for you?

I just started renting my first studio so right now I'm just focusing on making some new work!

What other artists should we be keeping an eye on?

Julie Renee Jones, Gregg Evans, Clarissa Bonet, Sadie Wechsler, Jenny Riffle, Courtney Asztalos, Lisa Lindvay, Josh Poehlein, Rafael Soldi, Serrah Russell & Ina Jang