Natale Adgnot


Natale Adgnot

Through a decade in Paris, then six years in New York, American artist Natale Adgnot has crafted a career formed at the intersection of graphic design, fashion design and fine art. Her studio work is informed by all of these disciplines.

Natale’s design career has encompassed stints at Christie’s auction house, in Paris haute couture (Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Chanel), and as a design professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Now a full time visual artist, she is focusing on her current series Minerals, a body of work grounded in science but informed by sociology. Minerals explores the metaphors between the formation of crystals and the formation of personalities.

She lives and works in Brooklyn and plans to relocate to Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2015.


My work leverages the rich language of the natural sciences to reveal human nature. I am especially interested in wordplay and the metaphors to be found between social psychology and the “hard” sciences such as geology and chemistry. Born and raised in the Unites States, I moved to France in 2000 where I lived for a decade. I currently reside in Japan. Drawing upon this variety of cultures and languages, I employ my equally varied professional experience in design, fashion and art to challenge cultural and societal prejudices. 

My series,  and  Minerals, focus on the images projected by public personas, comparing the characteristics of rocks to those of famous people or characters that embody a stereotype. By judging rock specimens on a series of binary scales defined by human faces, my work points to the absurdity of judging human specimens against the rigid codes that many of us unwittingly harbor in our own minds.

 aim to point out both similarities and stark differences between human siblings and their crystalline counterparts. Mineral twinning – a natural phenomenon whereby distinct crystals form in aggregates – is analogous to brothers and sisters who don't fall far from the tree (or from each other). By contrast, strikingly different minerals such as  are sometimes polymorphs – that is, two forms of the very same chemical compound. Some  give higher profile to unknown people than to their famous siblings, literally turning on its head the notion that some people are worth more than others.


b. 1974, California, California
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

  • 2007Parsons, Paris
  • 2006Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Certificate
  • 1996Sam Houston State University, BFA
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