Passages of Absence - Natalia Arbelaez, 2018-19 Artist In Residence

  • masked figure reclining in grass
  • photo of a figure holding two vessels
  • a human figure wearing a gold mask and body paint standing in a lake, surrounded by lilypads, dropping a vessel into the water.

Passages of Absence
Natalia Arbelaez, 2018-19 Artist in Residence

Exhibition dates: October 5 - November 1, 2019
Lecture and Opening Reception: October 5, 4-7pm (
images from this event here)

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

A collection of historical and cultural significant Colombian passages. Events, myths, rituals, and people have been researched and collected to influence a body of work that comes from the absence of it being bestowed. Recreating and reliving through work allows for the reclaiming of the passages and continuing to guide as a contributor.

Artist Bio:Human figure dressed in skintight metallic shorts, bra, and body paint, standing in lush green nature setting, wearing a large, round metallic mask, holding two metallic kettlebell-shaped vessels with faces on them.

Natalia Arbelaez, 2018-19 Artist in Residence at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, is a Colombian American artist born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship. She completed a yearlong residency at the Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York as a Barbara Rittenberg Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to the Watershed in Newcastle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections. She has been recognized by the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts as a 2018 Emerging Artist in the field. Natalia currently lives and works in New York and Boston.