Kissell’s paintings effuse aspiration and radiate wonderment. Often including modernist architecture, she places highly designed structures into imaginative landscapes. Whether it is a man-made structure or the delicate details of the natural world, her paintings act like beautiful utopian visions which reflect the possibilities of the mind.
Her paintings depict fantastical landscapes that can only be born out of the imagination. 'Cities of the Mind' (2012) represents a misty river shrouded in a magical light, out from which pops a modernist pod house. Cities nestle in the orchids, springing out from their centres as if waiting to be pollinated by this supernatural world. In 'Miniature World' (2011) she invites the viewer to closely inspect the life of the undergrowth while simultaneously positioning the viewer from an aerial perspective, as if looking down from another realm.
Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich’s Romantic allegorical landscapes and Peter Doig’s energetic painterly approach, Kissell appropriates elements from eras of art history to depict her sublime realms. Reinventing traditional landscape painting, Kissell discloses whimsical and curious worlds.
Her recent exhibitions include 'Dream House, House of Dreaming,' Eleven, London (2012). Her work was featured in 'No New Thing Under the Sun' at the Royal Academy at Art, London (2010) and she was also included in the exhibition 'Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture' in 2008 and 2009 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, Yale School of Architecture Gallery, and Mills College Art Museum in California.
Natasha Kissell was born in 1978 and lives in Brighton.