Natalia Zubko

From abandoned lots to loading docks, I illuminate and transform forgotten spaces with site-responsive environments that strip away external noise and invite people to experience a sense of wonder.

Described as “Intimate Minimalism,” my sculptural and installation practice works to retain intimacy on a large scale, expose beauty in everyday materials through repetitious natural, micro, and cosmic forms, draws from Japanese concepts like Yugen: building in mystery and subtlety, and encourages careful attention from both creator and participant.

I begin with experiments in the studio: playful, hand-held inquires of sculptures, drawings, and material studies. These modest visual clusters of ideas accumulate to become a skyscape of impressions that investigate scale, ambition, and materials. Discoveries from this process inspire and inform the larger, site-responsive environments and contemplative sensory experiences. Winters Core, quietly emerges out of the existing architecture of the Islip Museum as an extended terrain tumbling from wall to floor, transforming dryer sheets into a glowing, mountainous landscape of light. As contemplative sensory experiences, these mutable installations facilitate reflection on ephemerality and viewers’ relations to each other.

Recently, I have been pushing the relationship between large and small even further, inquiring how structures and spaces can retain intimacy on a large scale creating both a communal and individual sense of awe, that allows people to relate attentively to ever-expanding built and social environments.