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Art & Life with Natalie Sun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Sun.

Natalie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My parents still can’t explain what I do. Can’t blame them — it changes on a daily basis. I started my career off in advertising, aiming to do creative work with tech. While working on some pretty incredible projects, I started curating art events at the agency for a handful of reasons: getting the art tech community together, exposing creatives to the potentials of tech, showing off incredible art projects… throwing a party with my friends. I realized I loved doing that more than my actual job, so I left to start my own company, NextArt (http://nextart.tech). It’s surreal to know that it’s my job to find new artists and produce experimental tech projects that I feel the world needs to see.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My personal work explores a lot of different mediums, primarily technology. But through NextArt, curating a community through art has become my medium. My curatorial practice revolves around examining how technology has allowed artists to express themselves in ways that previous mediums haven’t allowed. I do that by getting to know the artist and what questions they’re trying to explore, and examine how they use and manipulate tech in ways that others haven’t in order to find an answer. The idea is to get the community to focus on the concept and realize that technology exists as a tool to enhance our process.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Learn how to talk about your work in a way that’s understandable to other people. Share why it matters to you; be vulnerable. Learn how to take constructive criticism and seek it from people who care about you and want you to succeed. And when you criticize other people’s work, remember what it takes to make your own and be kind. Write a diary. Allow yourself to be mindful of every emotion — positive or negative. They’re not always binary, anyways. If you can truly feel every emotion that comes your way, you’ll be able to express it to others in a way that makes them feel seen and understood… and that’s where some of the best art comes from.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
NextArt, @nextarttech, and http://nextart.tech. We’re always looking for venues and partners to support our constantly growing community in LA!

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Image Credit:
Amber Pietrzyk, Evan Norton, Khalid Farquhar

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