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Natalie Raven

University of Plymouth
Plymouth, England
Scenography WG Presentation:
Staging Bodies in Situ: Artistic Responses to Working with/in Landscape. 

This paper charts my experiences and critical reflections as a performance artist, in the making of visual artworks situated in landscape at locations across the UK and USA. Veiled Visions (2016) was developed at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly whilst in attendance at Black Mountain School located in North Carolina USA. YMCA Blue Ridge - a sprawling 1200-acre landscape used to 'recapture the joy of interpersonal relationships in the wonder of God's creation' – was reflective of the dominant Christian American culture I encountered on my journey (YMCA Blue Ridge, 2016). Via use of performance writing, I describe stumbling across an amphitheatre built into the side of a forest featuring a 20-foot crucifix up-stage and centre, sharing insight into the affective nature of this place and its effects upon myself as creator in process, and consequent artworks produced.

Furthering my explorations of place and its influence on processes of artistic creation, I turn toward analysis of images documenting Making at Maker Heights: Fabric, Fluidity, and Performance Art - a residential artistic practice research workshop I led in Cornwall, 2018. I focus on practitioner knowledge, reflecting on embodied motivations which drew me toward working in specific places, in, around, and on-top of buildings located in the Cornish landscape. 

References: 
Raven, Natalie (2016) Veiled Visions [Performance-to-camera, Black Mountain, NC USA]

YMCA Blue Ridge (2016) About Blue Ridge Assembly [online] Available at: https://blueridgeassembly.org/about[Accessed 10.07.16]


TaPRA Gallery Presentation:

Artwork 1 
'Fabric, Fluidity, and Performance Art' artistic residency explored the relationship/s between performance art, land/seascape, textile, and the body. It was intended to facilitate time/space for creative experimentation and experience to unfold, with invitation to explore mutuality and collaborative approaches to performance making. This video documents research and development processes of the group.  

Workshop facilitated and produced by Natalie Raven.  
Supported by Dagmar Schwitzgebel and Beth Richards. 
This project was made possible via funding from the Humanities and Performing Arts Postgraduate Research Fund at the University of Plymouth. 

Artwork2 
In July 2018 six women artists came together to participate in ‘Fabric, Fluidity, and Performance Art’; a 3-day residential artistic workshop situated in the Cornish landscape at Maker Heights. Stood, bent, and knelt in fields of grass outside the Church of St Mary and St Julian high up on the Rame Peninsular overlooking the sea, artists draped herbal infused fabrics across their bodies allowing blustery winds to flicker silks across skin and waft scents under nose. Textiles present in the image capture motions and movements of bodies braced against winds, within a static photographic medium.   

Workshop facilitated and produced by Natalie Raven.  
Supported by Dagmar Schwitzgebel and Beth Richards. 
This project was made possible via funding from the Humanities and Performing Arts Postgraduate Research Fund at the University of Plymouth. 

Bio:
Natalie Raven is an artist and researcher in the department of Theatre and Performance at the University of Plymouth. Along with her artistic collaborator Dagmar Schwitzgebel (Church of Performance), she explores re-presentations of women and womanhood in Performance Art.   
// www.natalieraven.co.uk // @natalieravenart //