Photo of Natalie Waldburger
Photo of Natalie Waldburger
Natalie Majaba Waldburger
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Life Studies and Figuration: Drawing and Painting, Sculpture/Installation


Natalie Majaba Waldburger received her B.A. specializing in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1996, she graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design receiving the Drawing and Painting Department Medal.Currently she is cross-appointed at OCAD U in Drawing and Painting and Cross-disciplinary Studies.  She has been part of the team developing the Life Studies specialization, a new area of study designed to expand the study of the body and bodies as related to the ideas of embodiment, issues of representation, the environment, ecosystems, and the interplay between science, technology and studio inquiries. She has also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the Media Arts Department where she completed an MFA in 2004.
Natalie‘s figurative paintings present the duplicated individual and explore notions of madness, perception and identity. These themes reappear in Waldburger’s ongoing text based series in painting and installation in which she culls definitions from the Diagnostic Manual for Psychiatry.

Natalie Majaba Waldburger’s ongoing text based painting series continue the speculation of the duplicated and divided individual and explore ideas of madness, perception and identity.  Embedded many layers of encaustic paint are clinical definitions from the Diagnostic Manual for Psychiatry, the DSM. Through methods of material approaches of peeling, incising and excavating into the waxy surface, she carefully and partially reveals the buried textual excerpts from the DSM, which create a conflation of diagnoses.   The selection of text that is exposed obscures the meaning of the clinical disorder and renders the original definitions unclear, illegible and incongruous.  


NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, MFA

Queen's University, Women's Studies, Kingston, ON, B.A.

OCAD, Fine Art, Toronto, ON, AOCA

Sheridan College, Post-graduate Diploma, New Media Design