Natusha Croes presents a work that is at the same time the beginning of a podcast series entitled INSCAPE. In this first episode she discusses with Dimitri Halley (psychologist) & Sophie Berube (mediator) the concept “shadow” in the theory of Carl Jung for whom the shadow is one of the main archetypes of the collective unconscious. Jung used this term in two different ways: on the one hand, it is the totality of the unconscious which, in addition to the personal dimension that Freud gives it, for Jung has a collective dimension; and, on the other hand, the shadow designates the unconscious aspect of the personality, characterized by traits and attitudes that the conscious ego does not recognize as its own..
Natusha Croes is an interdisciplinary artist. In her teenage years she started following workshops at Ateliers ‘89 Aruba, which allowed her to form an extensive portfolio in the range of fine and visual arts. In 2010, she was admitted to Gerrit Rietveld Academy where she specialized in the department of audio-visuals and graduated in 2015 with a short film and a one-on-one performance. She acquired a master’s in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University of London. She returned to Aruba to continue developing her performative method CARICIA. She contributed to the art scene, obtaining her first assigned job as artistic liaison for the Department of Culture. She has worked closely with artists and collectives to realize different theater productions and exhibitions on the island. She has also participated in different international exhibitions such as Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) in 2017 and Caribisch Liaison at CBK Zuidoost in 2016, which wanted to exhibit works of emerging Dutch Caribbean artists.
Her work comes from a deep love for introspection, generating safe spaces and statements that unveils the complexity and expansiveness of our inner reality. She is fascinated by human nature and our collective psyche as it is situated in the Caribbean. She is led by her intuitive and sensible body into a state of wonder, and curiosity towards the world that surrounds her. She contemplates upon the enterprise of feelings, our emotional wellbeing and how we can enable conversations that lead to a state of honesty in the human condition. She hosts multidisciplinary endeavors and explorations of Caribbean identity, languages and culture through the lens of performative research, film and music making practices. In a ritual and ceremonial manner, she holds space for rhythmic creation composed with elements that she scavenges from her surrounding natural environment.
Natusha lives and works in Aruba.