Natasha Van Netten presents a collection of three-dimensional drawings, hand-made using basic materials. This work represents the current population of southern resident Killer Whales. This unique group of Orca have been a small population since numbers were first recorded in 1976—fluctuating between 70 and 99 members. This installation echoes their fragility and highlights the value and importance of each individual within the group.
Natasha Van Netten received a Diploma of Fine Art from the Vancouver Island School of Art in 2016 and was a recipient of the Robin Hopper Legacy Award from the Victoria Visual Arts Legacy Society and received an Award of Excellence at the Sooke Fine Art Show in 2018. Her practice centres around cetology—the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Ocean sciences, zoological museums, historical illustrations and her own experiences at sea are a few motivators behind her work. She has participated in artist residency programs in the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation. Van Netten has exhibited in the United States, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, New Zealand and in various Canadian galleries and venues.