Natasha May Platt
Plastic Fabric | June 7th – 19th | The Java Project |
Plastic Fabric seeks to reinterpret a familiar subject – florals and botanicals – by way of medium.
Natasha May Platt’s work explores the boundaries of material – texture, density, and opacity. How do mediums combine and interact, what qualities are enhanced, which are diminished? What does the process of transformation look like, and how much of it is intentional? Platt’s process is dynamic – the materials shape the vision, not the other way around.
Platt works with a naïve cross-stitch technique, which draws attention to the structure and repetition of the metal grid behind her work. She intricately embroiders wire mesh panels with silk and cord, and then encases the mesh in a transparent resin block. The fluidity of fabric and thread is controlled and made austere by this interaction with the metal and resin. The lush flora and fauna grow wildly around the constraints of the strict framework, but also depend on the metal for their very shape and form.
Her imagery originates with flowers and plants, but then becomes abstracted into the pixelated metal grid and frozen into the hardening resin. The colors of the silk and cotton become hypersaturated and strange in the chemical activation of the resin, furthering the contrast become natural and toxic, fibrous and rigid.
Natasha May Platt was born in Delaware and graduated from Harvard College with a BA in philosophy and religion. She was the recipient of the 2010 Gardner Travelling Fellowship for an exploration of textile and embroidery design in India. She lived and worked in Kolkata, India for three years under the fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, where she immersed herself in the embroidery traditions of India. Now a proud resident of Bushwick, Platt continues to work in embroidery and paints murals across the city. She has painted for the 100 Gates Project, Governor’s Ball Music Festival, the Department of Education, and numerous storefronts and restaurants.
Edited by Julia Cipriano