I learned over time that abstraction didn't suit me. I remained fascinated with stories, ideas and the images they provoke. I came to understand that, if I wanted to communicate, I would have to make work that was far more specific. It was at this point that I began to make figurative work, sometimes exhibited with long, detailed labels. I also worked as a screenwriter, collaborating with the playwright Paul Sirett (yes, a relative), and filmmaker Neil Hunter. Screenplays are, after all, stories told in pictures.
Recently I have begun to combine words and pictures more freely, writing on the wall beside images, engraving text into gesso panels, lettering in gold leaf.
1. Detail Revisions Installation: N.Sirett, etching and penciled text, 3.5m x 2.5, 2010-2013
2. Detail Revisions Installation: N. Sirett, etching and penciled text, 3.5m x 2.5, 2010-2013
3. Revisions Installation: N. Sirett, etching and penciled text, 3.5m x 2.5, 2010-2013
4.A Small Thing But My Own: Howard Hodgkin, oil on wood 1983-1985
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'Entering into Natalie Sirett's world is like meeting oneself in a universe subject to completely different rules of recollection. The work is delicate and brutal, sensitive with a bite. Subsequently, one's memory of her storytelling is always full of colour.'
Libby Anson Editor, Arts Writer, Author The A to Z of Art