about the artist
Judy Natal’s photographs contemplate how human nature defines and reflects alterations of natural landscapes. By 2006, her focus had progressively shifted toward an examination and documentation of landscapes that have been altered by scientists, engineers, designers, and Utopians. Her work continues to describe important aspects of our contemporary world and contribute significant observations about mankind’s ideas of nature, our effect on our landscapes, and what the future might hold for us.
Natal is a Chicago artist, author of EarthWords published in 2004 by Light Work, and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z, published in 2006 by Center for American Places. Her photographs are in the permanent public collections of the the Museum of Contemporary Art, California Museum of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Her work has been exhibited at Projects International and Photograph Gallery in New York City, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C., and the Sao Paulo Biennal.
She has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council Photography Fellowships, Polaroid Grants and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. Natal has also been awarded numerous artist residencies nationally and internationally, most recently in Iceland and the Biosphere 2 for her current work Future Perfect 2040•2030•2020•2010.