Natalie King is a queer Anishinaabekwe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's practice ranges from drawing, painting, and installation as well as community engagement and activism. Often involving portrayals of femme identities, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the indigenous queer femme experience. King's practice operates from a firmly critical, decolonizing, equity-oriented, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, capturing the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.
King's works are centered through a queer lens involving portrayals of primarily Indigenous and mixed-race femme identities. These works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the queer femme experience. As portrayals of life, these figures are stylistic and representative of my life and experiences, often including members of King's community, friends, and partner as well as family members. The works move through various elements of life, including family, loss, joy and pain. The queer bodies in King's workare centered as monumental figures which take up space and represent community, resiliency and power. Working to educate others and affirming one’s own experiences takes continual effort, especially for non binary, disabled, and femmes of colour. This emotional labour pushes us to seek each other out, validate our experiences, and form a stronger bond and community based on support and encouragement. King's works recognize and resist these processes and experiences