Nesting Instinct by Natalie Featherston

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Natalie Featherston

Nesting Instinct


25.4 × 20.32 cm | 10 × 8 in

Oil on panel

  • Best Trompe L'oeil ($250 Cash Award)

Artist Natale Featherston conceived of this trompe loeil painting at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, when the public was asked to stay home. Using a three-dimensional panel, she has painted the sides to create the illusion of a cardboard box. The nest appears in an almost perilous condition, ready to tip it's precious cargo out of the box- a feeling the artist identified with as the pandemic began, with its fear and uncertainty.