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Girasoli by Natalie Tyler, Bronze, 84x180
Solo Exhibition
June 3 - June 29, 2012
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 7, 6:00 - 10:00pm
Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery proudly presents Virtu, the most comprehensive exhibition to date of sculptor Natalie Tyler’s work. Virtu is defined as having an appreciation of the curio and fine art. Finding inspiration from nature’s transformations, she explores the beauty in things that are otherwise forgotten. These objects become poetic symbols to describe deeper senses of being. Birth, growth, death and regeneration are threads that run throughout her work. Using bronze and glass she archives natural forms, creating an environment of discovery and closer inspection for the viewer. Similar to a cabinet of curiosities would have done in the past for the early practitioners of science. Her work highlighting aspects of nature’s wonders, giving importance back to the little amazing things, we often take for granted.

Natalie Tyler has exhibited her award-winning sculpture nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of full fellowships at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center and The Art Students League of New York. In recognition of her far-reaching work, she was recently honored by being selected as the Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University. While at Cornell last month, Ms. Tyler was the initiator and curator of a large and first-of-its-kind exhibition at Cornell. The LUX-Art and Science Exhibition brought together internationally acclaimed artists and Nobel Prize and MacArthur Genius award winning scientists. The artists displayed their work with light at multiple venues across the University. The event was capped off by a lecture series blending artists and scientists that brought an unprecedented attendance and was cited in news as “a recipe for discovery” and “promoted innovation and investigation within the arts and the hard sciences.”

  • I Girasoli is an installation of bronze sunflowers that replicate the groves she saw when studying in Italy. She was mesmerized by the endless acres of sunflowers, having just missed them in all their glory. Their heads were down; stems were tall, thin, and barely standing. She found the flowers in this state, so intriguing. How could something so close to death be so enrapturing?
  • Wasp Nests andHoneycombs are cast in crystal. Tyler has studied the way bees and wasps have created their homes with a perfect structure that is simultaneously fragile and strong.
  • Anywhere, USA is a series of bronze sculptures, portraying decrepit sheds, houses, and barns from America’s past farming communities. Each building is named after the town in which it resides. The structures after being weather torn, burned, or collapsed, now dictate their times gone by with what is left.
  • Her newest work Curio is a Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of intriguing objects in crystal and bronze.


Originally from California, Natalie Tyler has lived on the East Coast for eight years. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts and received her BA from the University of California in Santa Cruz in 1997. Natalie additionally studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna, Italy, and art history at the DAMS Program of the University of Bologna. She was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University, 2011-2012 where she received a Cornell Council for the Arts grant. Natalie has also been awarded full fellowships at both the Vermont Studio Center in 2008 and at The Art Students League of New York in 2010. Her work was reviewed well on RTE Ireland’s national radio arts program Arena, March 2010, and The Irish Times newspaper. Her sculptures have exhibited in New York, California, Ireland and London. Most recently, she was the curator of LUX-Art and Science Exhibition at Cornell University.


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