Originally from Moldova, Dorchester self-taught artist Natalia Mirabito paints en plein air and in the studio. As a means to see beyond her own reduced mobility, Natalia communicates her experiences of nostalgia and vibrancy felt within the natural world. From time spent in New England mountains and national seashores, she reflects on her and her viewer’s mobility challenges by depicting scenes of vast landscapes inspired by the southwest and her eastern European origins.
I paint en plein air and studio for those with an inability to fully experience nature in-person due to seen and unseen disability, reduced mobility, hospitalization, and mental health challenges. I am grateful to have been able to continue this artistic outlet in local marshes and shorelines during the pandemic regardless of my own physical reduced mobility.
I’ve been exploring art as a healing element by increasing use of virtual channels to make art and community more accessible. This ease of access and ability to participate within one’s comfort level is paramount to an inclusive environment. I’ve looked to my work as a way for that healing and sense of community to be experienced at home. To help people experience this environment, I am hosting Seen/Unseen Virtual Exhibition & Fundraiser unveiling a new VR Gallery, donating 30% of the evening’s proceeds to an organization that supports livelihood and careers of those with different abilities.
By reinforcing art and nature as a necessary element of life, survival, and stability, I am working to help build a stronger sense of community both virtually and at home at a time when connection and support are most needed.
SeenUnseen, December 9, 2020, 6:30 pm. Free.
Photo credits: Meaghan Garrahan