Natasha de Samarkandi’s hypothetical stills of temporality navigate the space between representation and non-objectivity. Utilising concentrated ink, graphite powder, assorted raw pigments and binding agents de Samarkandi produces fragments; approximations of reality.
Negative space is a valuable passenger, both an illuminator and container, activating the aesthetic. Where gold leaf once historically illuminated icons from within, negative white space has now supplanted. What is absent is as valuable as what is present. White space hosts dishonest landmasses, suspended in illumination whilst illustrating the nakedness of the fragmental dialogue.
Cross-pollinating techniques of application de Samarkandi has developed a unique visual language, by exhaustively ushering fragments through alternate processes the aesthetic is distilled into the pictograms.