Na het afstuderen is Natascha zich volledig gaan richten op het materiaal klei. Zij volgde diverse cursussen bij Manita Kieft, Suzanne Silvertant en Netty van den Heuvel en Moki Last.
Natascha van der Linden is a professional artist and art teacher from the Netherlands. From 1985 to 1991 she studied at the Royal Academy of Art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the direction of drawing, painting and graphics. Her graduation work consisted large charcoal drawings and dry point etchings, with the theme “The Garden of Eden”. In 1991 the academy bought one of her etchings for the retirement of professor Jurrie Strelitski (c.v. see below).
After graduation Natascha van der Linden worked with the material clay. She attended various ceramics courses (from 1987 to 1995) including turning, hand shapes, raku, moldings and design. In large leather-hard clay scales she carved deep lines to make her drawings. She filled these lines with dry blue pigment. Since these scales had the atmosphere of a dry-point etching, she decided to return to etching, and later to drawing and painting. From 2005 until 2009 she made various woodcuts. She used different layers in one print to give form to the inner world that is represented by symbolic silhouette and nature forms set within a space.
Today Natascha van der Linden is working alternately in the various disciplines. In all of her work the silhouette of a subject is always an important image factor. Observations that were presented drawn or scratched by a direct line, are now often translated into views of the entire topic. She plays within the topic itself and the space in which it resides. This space can be part of the natural surroundings of the subject, but it can also be given a new reality by applying different backgrounds. The use of transparency opague and stratification, working in layers, opens a world where not only her own thoughts are captured.
Despite the fact that one can work in series with graphics, Natascha almost never does. Her artistic process is within the one original and she is not interested in repeating that.
With her latest ceramic works she shows us the silhouette form on its own. Now she want the form to be repeated within the space (the wall in the room, or any existing space). The ceramic forms are all glazed in different colors and layers. She uses transparency and opaque giving it an atmosphere and dept of its own.
Natascha uses an universal symbolic visual language for her ceramic objects. Houses, hearts lips, threes, words. By placing the objects in a new setting in relation with another, the objects change their original meaning and start to communicate a narrative. Like visual poetry. In her work Natascha likes to play the game of changing the narrative by changing the position of the objects in the setting.
Words appear in her work. She’s facinated that by just changing one word in a sentence, the meaning changes totally. The viewers awareness is brought from one extreme to another.
In almost all of her work Natascha combines human symbols with symbols destillated from nature put together as a symbiotic twin. This way she expresses the inner human feelings. The cycle of life has always been an important theme in her work over the years.
Natascha finds her inspiration in nature, the day to day life and the psychology of the inner-life. Birth- growth-degrease-death-identity.
To sum up, we can say that her work is a poetic universe in which a symbolic visual language gives meaning to the search for identity, the cycle of life, the contradictions of things …
In 2004 Natascha attended the Fontys Academy Tilburg. In 2006 she got her bachelor Education of Art degree (art teacher). From January 2007 until the July 2011 she worked on the development of lectures and educational projects and art school projects with a collegue. She gave workshops, lessons and lectures all over the country.
In May 2011 she started the web shop ‘Heartsz’, a passion for art gift store where she sells design, art and interior objects (ceramics, graphics and postcards with the works of woman artists).