Bookbinding and Mixed Media
Farmland, open stretches of meadow, ancient trees standing sentry—these calm me and provide a sense of place.
As a child, I was fortunate to live on a former dairy farm in Massachusetts—a gem within a small city. The area holds a tremendous diversity of landscape: fields, forests, hills, raspberry hedges, poplar stands, sycamore, chestnut and “bean” trees, a puffy smoke tree… Memories of these spaces continue to influence the land in my mind’s eye. Through my art, I seek to capture the essence of these spaces.
When I look at the landscape and the world around me, what captivates me are the abstract elements. It could be a single line or a particular edge or brush stroke, or maybe a bold or delicate shape. The landscape is filled with edges and lines—hard and soft, broken, swooping, veining the countryside. Stone walls, overgrown shrubs and weeds define the edges between fields; the gnarled branches of an old sycamore cut through and further define the space; the dried bronze and copper leaves of autumn orchards create a rich, warm texture…
I’m captivated by these elements and the way they—along with the scents and sounds that accompany the seasons—create such a strong sense of place.
Natalie MacKnight is an artist, bookbinder and graphic designer located in Bolton, Massachusetts. She has a BFA in printmaking and has studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. She is a member of ArtSpace Maynard Studios and the Bolton Artisans Guild.
To see more of my work, please visit my website at macknight-studio.com