“I create fictional archives, artifacts and site-based interventions that address social realities, such as the drawbacks of progress, the effects of institutional frameworks on cultural production and the influence of the public on our private lives. By inserting the imaginary or personal into social or cultural constructs, uneasy contingencies emerge to frame the dissonance between appearance and facts, the anecdotal and the systematic. The purpose of these investigations is to portray our relationship to site and collective narratives through perceptual and psychological experiences that are not easily assimilated into an “official story”, drawing out the complex ways values and systems are circumvented, internalized and expressed in our daily life.”
– Natasha Pestich (Columbia Heights, Minn.)
Natasha Pestich is an artist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. She makes prints, artists’ books, and works on paper. Growing up in London, Ontario, CA, she studied in the Beal Art Program. She received her BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec in 1998 and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in 2000. Pestich is currently a Professor and Print Paper Book Area Coordinator at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She is influenced by storytelling in all forms – tall tales, oral traditions, myths shared through telling, writing and film. Recently she is interested in the work of Warren Lehrer, Walid Raad, and Janice Kerbel.
Pestich’s work has been exhibited most recently at Martha Street Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2018, solo); Atelier Circulaire, Montreal, Quebec (2018, solo); Denler Art Gallery, Roseville, St. Paul, MN (2018, 2-person); and 8th International Printmaking Biennial Douro, Alijó, Portugal (2016). Awards include Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants (2017, 2013), Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant (2014), and McKnight Foundation Fellowship for visual arts (2013). Collectors include MCAD; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis; and Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.