Natalia N. Soto Sánchez grew up in the island of Puerto Rico. There she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Plastic Arts at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez where she trained in a variety of mediums such as drawing, printmaking, stained glass, wood carving and ceramics to name a few. Upon graduating she moved to Texas to pursue her Master’s degree in Fine Arts specializing in three dimensional studio focusing on ceramics. In her work she likes to manipulate clay through hand building in a more sculptural way, portraying various sea life especially coral reefs. With what she has learned from working with diverse mediums Natalia likes to combine their different techniques and work those into her pieces which tend to have a lot of detailing with a combination of textures and movement.
There is a captivating essence to the sea. It is a world filled with beauty and wonder lying beneath its surface, a world not yet fully explored. Personally, the ocean is a place I call home. It ties me to my past and what used to be my everyday landscape. Now as an artist no longer living in the island of Puerto Rico I am trying to bring that aspect of what I call home into my personal space by creating it.
Although I have worked with a variety of mediums I prefer the sculptural aspect of ceramics, especially the tactile peculiarity of working with clay. While creating small intimate coral objects I explored the sense of touch, at the same time trying to understand the various forms and textures. Subsequently I transitioned into a larger scale of work, manipulating the clay in a more organic shape and juxtaposition of its surface treatment. This in turn has led me into working with installation. Upon incorporating my space to the public where they could walk through and around I am not solely just creating a coral piece but an environment. I am bringing my intimacy with the ocean to be experienced.