Willa Nasatir’s practice investigates varied approaches to imaging. In both her paintings and photographs the artist transforms everyday objects to the point of the surreal, collecting and accumulating her subjects before distorting and abstracting their forms through various analog, drawing, and painting processes. Her work dislodges bodies and objects from ingrained associations and preexisting meaning, allowing them to merge into hybrid forms with porous edges. Informed by her background in photography, she builds texture and depth in her photographs while creating paintings that intentionally evoke the translucency and flatness of photographic images. Fragmented compositions suggest both psychoanalytic and psychedelic perspectives, engaging Nasatir’s own subconscious associations. Through abstracted form, she plays with dualities of meaning and proposes an unraveling of perceived boundaries as they relate to gender and power. Her work exists within a continuum, each one woven in and out of itself in perpetual circulation.
Willa Nasatir (b. 1990, Los Angeles, California) lives and works in New York, NY. She received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2012. She has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Gaylord Apartments, Los Angeles; Chapter NY, New York; and the White Room at White Columns, New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Gaylord Apartments, Los Angeles; Parker Gallery, Los Angeles; the New Museum, New York; Hester, New York; David Zwirner, New York; Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles; Company Gallery, New York; and Drei, Cologne, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2024, Nasatir will have exhibitions at Oriole, Hamburg and Seaview, Los Angeles.