Natasha Kerr

Kerrís early work was inspired by Italian Renaissance frescoes. She loved the worn away quality, the soft imagery, and the warmth of the colours and the peeling of layers. In 1994, she set up her first studio in Bloomsbury, London. At around this time her mother gave her a series of family photograph albums which had languished in plastic bags in an under stair cupboard. These photographs provided a visual thread that linked her to her unknown family history. Her grandfather, a Viennese surgeon, came to Britain in 1936 and this was part of the story she was to tell.

At this time, Kerr was making her living designing textiles for the luxury end of the market whilst also experimenting with using the photographs to create fine art pieces. It had not occurred to her that this might become her career.

Slowly Kerr was using the family album to create a large body of work. This work inspired a variety of public and commercial bodies and individual families to commission Kerr to tell their stories within the context of a piece of her work.




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