Exploration of non-traditional materials lies at the roots of my art practice. While exploring themes of death and decay, I experiment with actively decaying materials such as grass clippings, onion skins, and dead birds. Walking and observing life and death inspires my materials and themes. Most recently I have been collecting dead birds found while walking, photographing them and bringing them home to my freezer. I often remove them, photograph them, and then reposition and refreeze for a future portrait session. Photographing the birds allows for an intimate moment of connection and appreciation of their life. These photographs serve as an invitation for contemplation of death and the beauty found within both the beginning and the end.
Natalia Petkov is a multimedia artist based in New York City. Originally from New Jersey, Petkov received her BFA from Guilford College in Greensboro North Carolina in 2016 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York in 2021. While she is academically trained in sculpture, Petkov also studied analog photography and alternative methods in photography. Petkov is a dual recipient of the Stutzman Foundation Fine Arts Award in 2020 and 2021. She has been featured in the ArtAscent International Art and Literature Journal as well as in the Irish Arts Review. Petkov has exhibited at the Elliott Museum in Florida, the Limner Gallery in New York, the Greenhill in North Carolina, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland, among others. Natalia Petkov continues to live and work in New York City exploring themes such as decay and transformations of life through a hybrid practice of sculpture and photography.