Natalie Lambert (b. 1995) is an interdisciplinary artist as well as Curator and Founder of Toula Gallery. Originally from Pittsburgh, Lambert received a BFA in Fine Arts from NYSSC at Alfred University 2018. Natalie is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin Madison 2023.
Raised in a non-traditional home with two mothers, Natalie approaches her work from feminist theory. She challenges the viewer with her use of titles, materials, and imagery. Her work is exploratory to herself and the environment she is in or has experienced. Through language and eroticism, Lambert provokes thoughts of objectification and challenges the stereotypes about gender politics, sex, and the body.
Natalie has been exhibited in a number of shows, espace_furtur; Paris, France, Revisiting the Symbol; Memphis, Show #3; Trophy Case Gallery, Local Alumni Invitation, Cohen Gallery; New York, Rochester Erotic Festival; Rochester NY and In Care of the White House, Washington D.C., and a number of other shows.
Natalie Lambert’s practice is a multitude of materials and research. She is versed in glass, sculpture, video, performance, and installation design. Lambert’s work explores the uncomfortable and sexual fantasies she finds interesting. Natalie is trying to navigate the power dynamics between sexual and non-sexual bings within the fetish world and her own life. To learn to control the environment, the material, and the people she is walking between, the art world and the fetish world, help navigate where she can bring those together. Lambert collaborates with others in the fetish world to give the work more context. Her work touches on the pushback of why it makes people uncomfortable being sexual and why it is deemed immoral or inappropriate. Natalie allows herself to become more powerful by making this work and reclaiming what she gave up for so long, which was to be open and confidant in what she want out of art and life.
2020-2023 MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
2014-2018 BFA at NYSCC at Alfred University
2021 Marvelous Art Gallery, Online, Istanbul (June 21, 2021)
Anything and Everything Has Happened, Backspace Gallery, Madison, WI
Paint my House, online
Group Show 3, Shrine Gallery, NYC, Online
2020 SCULPTUREWEEN, Gallery 7, Madison, WI
CATSTATE, Madison, WI, Online
Andsomeart, Instagram, Online
ESPACE_FURTUR, Paris, France
“INSTAGRAM”, Curated by James Akers, Online
Revisiting The Symbol, Urban Art Commission, Memphis, TN
2019 SHOW#3, Trophy Case Gallery, Online
Local Alumni Invitation, Cohen Gallery, Alfred, NY
2018 Tempting The Gaze, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Alfred, NY
Montpelier Arts Center, Steven Silberg, In Care of the White House, Washington, D.C.
Visibility, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
Intern.Net, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
2017 Rochester Erotic Festival, Rochester Riberside Hotel, Rochester, NY
All The Good Show Names AR Taken, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
Negotiating the Perceived, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
2016 The Hotter Half, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
2015 Print Club Show, Robert C. Turner Gallery, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
Residencies + Workshops
2020/2021 Emme Art Collective, Online Residency/Featured artist, UK
Publications, Interviews, and Archives
2021 Bishopgate Institute, London, UK
Not Real Art, Online, LA
2020 ART HOLE UK, Print, page 10,11
Names of work
1. Spilt Personality, Video, Leather, Latex, Neon, Whip, 2021
2. Split Personality, Photography, Leather, Latex, Neon, Whip, 2021
3. The Power We Give Vs The Power You Get, Photography, Leather, Neon, Latex, Metal, Wood
4. Daddy Knows Best, Sculpture, Vinyl, Neon, 2021
Hey Natalie! You are working on glass, sculpture, video, performance, and installation design. What came first regarding your art, and what is your earliest memory of doing art?
Natalie: I remember the first time I decided to stick with the art field. It was my first year of High school. I had to choose between art and music, and instead of made art then learn a new instrument. I noticed a multitude of art classes I could take, but it came down to meeting the Senior Art students who were getting ready for college, and I was so excited to get to that level. When I finally got to undergrad, we were told we had to take different art forms other than what we wanted. I fell in love with glass and video performance during that time and knew I could translate my ideas through those the most.
Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look like? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?
Natalie: My typical day starts very early, around 6:30 – 7 am; I then take the morning to get ready for the studio or edit current projects. Often, I take breaks every few days so as not to burn out from making all the time. I think it is essential that artists should take breaks. My studio practice is a lot of research. I’m either reading, looking at imagery, talking to people in the fetish world, or the art world. I am always thinking through ideas before I make them. Making is another aspect; I never work on one project at a time. Working on multiple pieces gives me time to think about the next step for the different works I take on.
You say you are trying to navigate the power dynamics between sexual and non-sexual beings within the fetish world and your own life. Please tell us more about that.
Natalie: When I say this statement, I’m trying to understand how the general public (non-sexual beings) viewing my work understand the hypersexual work or sexual beings in the fetish world. To have these thoughts of sexual arousal and know that I am still a person and not just view me as an object.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Natalie: This question comes up a lot, and I think the best answer I can give at this moment is I want people to look at me like a powerful figurehead. To change the perspective of who can be in power over their pleasure.
What are some of the stories behind your work? What are some of the stories behind your work?
Natalie: Over the last year and a half, my work has gotten recognition from the fetish world. I have made great friends with some mistresses who post work that works as research. At the same time, I have had a few men ask me to be their dom while they are my sub. That has helped my practice and thought process of what I want my work to say about power dynamics.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Natalie: Over the last year and a half my work has gotten recognition from the fetish world. I have made great friends with some mistresses who post work that works as research. At the same time, I have had a few men ask me to be their dom while they are my sub. That has definitely helped my practice and thought process of what I want my work to say about power dynamics.
What are some of the tools you use to create your distinct style of artwork?
Natalie: I use outdated cameras to do my work, and this helps with post-production editing. I don’t have to add filters or color correction when it comes time to finish the job. I also have a very distinct facial expression that forces the viewer to see my gaze.
What was the most recent work you’ve enjoyed working on, and why?
Natalie: I recently did a video performance where I had a great friend who used a bullwhip while I was chained to a pole. That was a fun experience, and it brought my friend and me closer together. I think it was fun because we never collated like this before with our art, and having someone comfortable enough to whip you and cause pain is a friend you can trust.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Natalie: Over the last few years, my work has become more personal and self-portraiture. I used to make a lot based on feminist theory and writings. Eventually, I realized I wanted to push this further and reclaim my power and sexuality. This lead me into fetish culture and figuring out how to navigate this world as a woman.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Natalie: I recently had a show in Wisconsin where only a few were in attendance. The most memorable comment I received was when someone used my Kneeling Pew and looked up at my video performance and had to get up real quick because it made them excited. I haven’t had that experience yet while being in the room! While I also had another response from a close colleague who used the kneeling pew and out loud said: “Assume the Position,” which was a great response, and it gave me the idea to name the show after that!
What’s next on the horizon?
Natalie: After I finish my Master’s Degree, I would love to move over to Europe and have a space to grow my
Gallery that I currently run online! As well as pursue a PhD in Art Practice.