Natalie Rosin is a ceramicist. Natalie used this journal as a ritual to reflect on the world and her life. The journal represents her conscientious records on COVID-19 data and nuances in her life, such as getting fifteen new plants during lockdown.
“I left this first page blank until I know what words to say. 2020.”
We asked Natalie three questions about her experience of isolation, completing this journal and her hope for the future. These are her responses:
Describe the experience of the period of isolation for you.
There were many different stages experienced during my time in isolation, much like the stages of grief. At the very beginning there was denial; “it’s not going to be too bad.” Though watching the news about 500% more than usual during the beginning weeks, I soon realised based on other countries that Australia was not immune. There was anger too, and despair: what will happen to my exhibitions, my artists talk, the workshop I had planned? All these uncertainties made me quite anxious but slowly I have accepted this new normal, learning to adjust and all the while continue to make art.
What does your book represent and how did you approach the challenge?
I have treated this book as a way to take the time to stop everything I am doing every couple of days and really sit and reflect on what is going on in the world and in my life. Not often do I do this with a pen and paper. I have found this ritual to be a good way to remind myself of the broader picture in life.
What do you hope will change in Australia as a result of the pandemic?
Australia needs to be more independent, less self-reliant on international trade. More locally made products, a better appreciation for our farmers and for governments, groups and individuals to learn lessons and innovate in response to this collective life altering experience.
Natalie Rosin is an architectural graduate and ceramicist practicing in Sydney, Australia. Her work involves the intersection, conflict and dialogue between these disciplines, forming sculptural handmade ceramic objects. Throughout her practice, Natalie’s work explores form, either architectural sculpture or ceramic artefact, whose fluid properties and flexible structure are characteristic of neither discipline.
Natalie has worked in various architectural studios in addition to more recently practicing as a full-time artist for private commissions, exhibitions and architectural installations. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions over the past decade including works at the Australian Design Centre.
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Image: Natalie Rosin, Design/Isolate Journal (detail), 2020.