Natalie Quan Yau Tso is a Hong Kong-Australian emerging artist based on Eora Nation. She makes sculptures, installations and performances through bodily memories as a means to process and ultimately survive trauma. She has been using hair, skin, flesh and bones as metaphorical and material structures in which she makes and performs with, each denoting the juxtaposed passing of migrant time: hair as future, skin as now, flesh as recent past, bones as deep ancestral past. In her performance practice, Natalie focuses on acts of cleansing, hair-cutting and peeling as a reclamation of cleansing from the warfare of cultural erasure and assimilation, both in Hong Kong and Australia. Her practice aims to reshape intimate and political relationships by mediating internalised pain into a public space.
Since graduating from BFA honours in 2021, Natalie has developed and performed her interactive work Peeling at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Animate Loading in collaboration with Riana Head-Toussaint at PARI and she is currently presenting her solo show at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. She has been awarded the Create NSW small projects grant twice, the residency award at Hatched 21, PICA and Sydney Fringe Festival.
LIVE DREAMS: DISTANCE, 2022