The Gallery Print Centre is proud to present Sandgazer, the first solo exhibition of works by British microphotographer, Jenny Natusch. Showcasing a collection of prints and the original grains of sand captured in her works, Jenny’s images allows us to see the ordinary as aesthetic works of art, blurring the boundaries between geology and art.
With a microscope and her camera, Jenny captures the detail in the naturally miniature, and focuses on the usually unnoticed, commenting; ‘although sand is one of the most abundant substances on earth, most of us don’t know what it really looks like up close.’ A story and geological history accompanies each and every grain of sand in Jenny’s studio. Receiving samples from friends, family and fellow sandgazers from across the world, her collection spans from samples of local UK beaches, to the far reaches of Antarctica. Carefully singling out individual grains of sand, and bringing them to the forefront of her work, the artist treats each one as a treasurable jewel, questioning society’s perceptions of the idea of value, and commenting on the spectrum of life that is missed by the rush of the routine, and the limitations of the naked eye.
Along with the prints, each original grain of sand will be for sale at the gallery, with both The Gallery Print Centre and Jenny donating all proceeds from the sale of the sand grains to The Family Holiday Association - a charity that gives struggling families a break at the coast so children can feel sand between their toes for the first time. Each framed sand grain sold will fund a seaside break for two families who are facing the worst of life’s challenges that including bereavement, serious illness or abuse.
Jenny Natusch’s recent progression into microphotography and sandgazing in her little studio in Lancashire village, has allowed her to move away from the competitive world of corporations, and focus on working for pleasure, returning to her artistic roots and delving into her curiosity for the microscopic.
In 2014, Jenny was invited to do a TEDx talk at Lancaster University, entitled 'How a Grain of Sand Changed My Life,' which was her first experience of openly speaking about her project. This is the first exhibition of her sandgazing body of work.