14 February – 8 March, 2014
In the tradition of a great Harlequin romance, Nat Paton‘s exhibition < 3 drags you into her saccharine impressions of diabetes inducing, sweet, sweet love. Charging her glass with passion pop to toast the last 20 years of attending countless weddings and engagement parties, she presents a series of image based works, video and installation. From subsurface laser images in oversized solitaire rings left on the shelf, to crooning your way through a series of karaoke love classics, this Valentines Day The Walls invites you to share the love in the second exhibition of 2014.
Nat Paton (b. 1970, Brisbane) holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) from Griffith University (1997). Her practice mainly consists of photographic self-portraiture focused on issues surrounding portrayal of the female form, often with an emphasis on associations with size. With strong performative qualities, her portraiture aims to humorously and unapologetically reclaim power over female physicality using the intrinsically seductive medium of photography.
Paton began exhibiting in 1993 and has worked on various scales from the photographic print to the billboard and in formats ranging from installation to performance. Highlights include her first prize appearance as Priscilla Presley in a look-a-like competition at Elvis Week, Southbank, Brisbane and performing as a Snow White domiNATrix at the Matt Lucas/Kevin McGee wedding reception at Whitehall Palace, London.
An Honours graduate of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (1997), her work has been exhibited extensively in Queensland including at The Institute of Modern Art and in numerous Australian and international group exhibitions including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art and The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Leicester UK. Paton currently lives and works in Brisbane with her 2 pugs Star and Jedda, keeping them in the style to which they have become accustomed.