Monday, May 28, 2012

Natasha Van Zandt - Photographer

Wild Thing, Big Sur, CA 2010
Natasha Van Zandt

Name: Natasha Van Zandt
City/State: Minneapolis/Minnesota
Email: profile: 

I am a multi-media Minneapolis based artist and photographer. I graduated from Perpich Center for the Performing Arts as a Media Arts major and after went on to a bried study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a focus in photography and documentary film. I now attend the University of Minnesota as a studio arts major and have recently had my art shown at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, The Selby Pizza Luce and am being featured in an upcoming RAW Artists showcase.

Musee' Mecanique. San Francisco, CA. 2011

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I have been privileged with opportunities to travel since a very young age. Immediately following my birth my parents packed up their van and traveled across the United States with me. SInce then I have lived abroad several times and have traveled through Europe, the United States, and South America. 

Through these travels I have walked away with the belief that travel is the greatest teacher and the eyes are the greatest interpreter. I use my camera as a way to take what I see and the beautiful people I have met along with me to look back and learn from. My work is greatly focused on the places that I travel to and the people I meet along the way that have taught me that the true wonders of this earth are the people. 

Toothless. Grandma's House, MN. 2011

How did you decide to become an artist?
I was given a Polaroid camera by my father at a young age and since then have almost constantly had a camera by my side. My strongest passion has always been creating art and therefore I have kept it as my main focus.

What was the best advice you can give as an artist?

To always look through the lense with curiosity and explore every aspect of what you are looking at as mindfully as you can. Shake everything off and be present in the image you are capturing. 

Perception. Sutra Heights, San Francisco, CA 2011

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
My inspirations are constantly revolving and changing. One artist to comes to mind when I think of Minnesota artists I admire is Alec Soth. Who's work you can see here: 

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see? 
A bike ride around the city! There is art and culture almost everywhere you look when you decide to look for it. I also am a huge fan of the Minneapolis Art Institute and the student art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I also am a big fan of The Soap Factory and Cult Status gallery.

Mannaquin. Peru, 2011

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 
I'm not a very internet savy person so many of the artists I study or stumble across I find in books and articles at the library. 

War Baby.  Minneapolis, MN 2009

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I am currently being featured in the June RAW showcase at the Fineline in Minneapolis Thursday 6/7 8-12am. I would be honored if you purchased a ticket under my name here:

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