Life and work
Natalie Billing was born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, and spent her childhood in Blackall, central Queensland. She moved to Brisbane in 1990 and has lived there since then. She has been a practicing artist since completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in sculpture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane in 1993.
Billing has created over a dozen individual exhibitions as well as participating in group shows. She has exhibited at the Brisbane Institute of Modern Art, the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, The St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art, and contributed to the Blackall Heartland Festival. In 2008 she gave workshops and an artist's talk at the Andy Warhol Festival at the Queensland Art Gallery. She also has a commissioned public artwork titled Communal Tracks – Urban Traces at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village in Brisbane.
In 2005 Billing published a ten year retrospective her work, supported by a grant from Arts Queensland, titled Memento Mori: The Art of Natalie Billing 1994 - 2004. This book contains an essay on the artist's life and work by Franz Ehmann titled The art of Natalie Billing: reflections on remembering and being. In 2008 Billing created an installation in the Blackall Memorial Hall titled "Wandering the Hall of Memories"
In the July - September 2009 issue of Australian Art Collector magazine it was advertised that Billing will show her latest work, Enshrining the Vestiges at both the The Substation art gallery in Victoria, and The Shrine of Memories World War II memorial in ANZAC Square, Brisbane during 2009. The work as displayed in The Shrine of Memories subtitled Speaking Stones features video interviews with veterans of both World War II and Vietnam, as well as family members of veterans. Among the participants in the interviews are Normie Rowe, author Greg Smith, and Ronan Robinson speaking of Edgar Towner VC.
During 2008 to 2010 Billing participated in the redesign of Blackall's memorial park. During the 2011 Symposium on Public Art in Non Urban Contexts she gave a speech detailing her inspiration for the design.