For my recent series of work produced at Elam in 2018 I have tracked significant sites. Places significant to me—nothing grand, just places I frequent regularly in my daily life or that I frequent often in memory. I’ve taken rubbings from these places. The footpath at my library, the gravel outside my studio, the tarseal in front of my home, the stucco exterior of a house I lived in 20 years ago. The rubbings mostly trace the products of quarries. Stone blasted from the ground and rendered fit for our urban environments.
These rubbings are wrapped as an exterior skin around 3-Dimensional assemblages of found objects, old frames and urban detritus. They have become object shapes which more or less describe what a work of art could look like. But just as drawing a bicycle doesn’t make that drawing structurally sound or fit for riding, these objects imagine rather than represent reality. The potentiality of an imagined interior in these works plays on our expectations. We can guess at it, postulate an implicit history and meaning, but ultimately our guesses will be just that—conjectures on the work’s inherent possibilities. (The interior often betrays the exterior.)
The series title “Future Fossil” refers to a fictional scenario that imagines a future civilisation reconstructing these works as found artefacts. The works are discovered and dislodged from sedimentary layers, unearthed from the ground and pieced together. They are disjointed, corroded by the destructive forces of time, and parts are obviously missing.
In proposing this fictional temporality, the work models our attempts to understand our present by looking back from an imagined future.
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CHANNEL 220 11 & 15 NOVEMBER – Collection curated by Natalie Tozer, LOT23. Your TV is your window to the world around you, but when it’s turned off, it’s a simple black box in your living room. Every day around the clock, from the 10 – 17 November 2016, some of the country’s leading galleries will curate a collection of work from established and up-and-coming artists, turning your TV into a constantly changing work of art.
“Soundscape artist James Pinker and artist Natalie Tozer are getting together in a project to celebrate innovative creative space LOT23”. Adam Gifford reports Herald Saturday, 07 November 2015
Q Presents offers audiences the chance to feast on the crème de la crème of unadulterated storytelling. Each event is completely unique and encapsulating, and smashes expectations of what a damn excellent night out at the theatre can be. LOT23 curator Natalie Tozer presents a visual exhibition for each production”
“On Thursday 2nd July YOU (future patron and avid art lover) will have the EXCLUSIVE and RARE opportunity to purchase some studio treasures and selected works by the following brain-achingly awesome artists…This Art Ache has been expertly curated by LOT23‘s chief curator Natalie Tozer !!” Art Ache, July 2015
Philippa Blair | Natalie Tozer – “subject to change”, and first anniversary celebration of the gallery. Arts Diary, 21 November 2014
Interview with Artist & Curator: Natalie Tozer Interview with Melissa Fergusson July 2014
Project 014: Natalie Tozer (NZ) Pop Vacuum 2, 2014 Robgarrettcfa.com (scroll down for Project 014)
Design: A lot more than just a cafe. A new cafe is a creative nucleus, says Ben Crawford. Herald Sunday Apr 6, 2014
Rise Creative makes a delicious catalogue.http://www.risecreative.co.nz/natalie-tozer/
Exhibition catalogue for Harborview Sculpture Trail, 2014
Natalie Tozer’s favourite things (+ her Lorna Louise slice recipe) Herald Friday, 06 December 2013
Natalie Tozer – “Punch + Black” at Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Arts Diary, 10 April 2013
“Delicately coloured work in watercolour manipulated into strange organic forms that might be seen through a microscope.” New Zealand Herald February 21st, 2010 by T.J. McNamara