Although photographer Natalie Christensen lives in the desert Southwest, she is mesmerized by swimming pools. “I am repeatedly drawn to the swimming pool as a subject of my photography because for me they are a metaphor for the unconscious,” she says about her work on Turner Carroll Gallery’s website.
From April 20 through May 13, Turner Carroll Gallery features Christensen’s pool paintings in the show “Natalie Christensen: Last night I dreamt I knew how to swim.”
“These photographs of a manufactured oasis suggest a binary connection between the world above and the world below, linking submersion in water with the workings of the subconscious,” says Christensen in an artist statement.
Turner Carroll’s exhibition is held in conjunction with a show titled “alteredstates/alteredscapes,” which opens on April 19. Images by Christensen and photographer Jim Eyre, who met through Instagram, are set up on the walls of the empty swimming pool at the El Rey Court hotel in Santa Fe.