My work is my own language. I sculpt metaphorically the way that I see and feel things, intending to project the viewer to a dreamscape of sensuality and magic realism.
This recent body of work is an allegory to the human condition, the Alchemical journey that an individual takes from birth to death in search of harmony and which can be manifest through Love.
'Love is a way of transforming the ephemeral into eternal.'
The principal thing is not the creation of imaginary worlds or beings but the discovery of the mysterious relationship between man and his circumstances.
In my work I intend to express the brittle transiency of life and its humble beauty. The pure fact of matter from the minute to the infinite and its eternal ephemera.
The processes that I use are mostly handbuilt and casting, sometimes transfers and lustres are applied but I also find very exciting to experiment with assembling ceramics and other materials.
My work is quite concept and process based, most of the sculptures tell a tale or a critique by themselves but I love to create with them narratives and otherworlds through installation, where people can step into their imagination and my own.
'Natalia Dias not only has the ability to generate fresh and challenging imagery and ideas but has the virtuosity of skill to execute them beautifully, her name will continue to gain prominence both in the UK and abroad.' (Ingrid Murphy, Head of Ceramics - National Centre for Ceramics - Cardiff School of Art and Design)
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2009 - 1st Hons Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff
2010 - Natureza Morta, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Pembrokeshire, Wales
2011 - Resilience, Llantarnam Grange Arts Center, Cwmbran, Wales
2010 - a bunch of smiles, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff
Competitions, prizes and awards
2010 - Gold medal for Craft & Design, National Eisteddfod of Wales 2010, Wales
2009 - 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books, NY
2010 - Work in the Collection, Aberystwyth University Ceramic collection and Archive, Aberystwyth, Wales