Natalie Ball


Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc, and Klamath) is a multidisciplinary installation artist who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, OR (Klamath County). As a young woman, she learned quilt making from her aunt, which has fueled a continual practice of challenging assumptions regarding materials, including the loaded politics and power of matrilineal craft. Often mining found objects for her installations, Ball perennially incorporates seemingly incongruous materials into provocative objects that both carry their own stories while inviting dialogue with viewers.


Raised in Portland, Oregon, Ball has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Ethnic Studies from University of Oregon (2005), a Masters in Maori Visual Arts (2010) from Massey University in New Zealand, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking (2018) from Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT. Ball was the winner of the prestigious 2018 Betty Bowen Award, with a corresponding exhibition on view at the Seattle Art Museum from August 10 through November 17, 2019. She has shown widely around the states as well as internationally, including: Whitney Biennial 2017, New York; Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe; and Art Mûr in both Montréal, Québec and Berlin, Germany.