Natalie Gillett
(1980-2003)
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This website is created to honor the memory of Natalie Gillett on the occasion of her 25th birthday.  Natalie, born September 28, 1980 in Chicago, passed away on June 13, 2003 at the age of 22.  She lives on in our hearts and we will remember her forever.

Born two months premature, Natalie was an impatient perfectionist that found most things came easily to her.  She began drawing at a young age and quickly became the one asked to make posters for school projects or to create someone’s name in bubble letters on a book cover or folder.  Art was within.


In high school, Natalie signed up to take an illustration course over the summer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  She was terribly disappointed when she received a call stating the class was full and she needed to choose another class.  After much contemplation, she chose photography and within four weeks, photography became her first love.  Natalie changed her entire curriculum for the upcoming school year to take an advanced photography class at Mother Theodore Guerin High School.


Upon graduation and contemplation of many colleges, Natalie chose the School of Visual Arts in New York City to continue her exploration of photography in their four-year program.  Natalie was a big-city girl and the urban campus called to her.  She moved into the Gramercy Park area and the following year to Newport, just across the river from the World Trade Center in Jersey City.  She studied in NYC for 2-1/2 years.    Natalie particularly enjoyed manipulating the development process of black and white photos.  A purist at heart, digital just wasn’t for her.


The photographs of her works displayed here include a self-portrait profile created while in high school, and the others during her studying at SVA.  Natalie loved bones and created overlayed images of anatomy illustrations with her photos.  She captured details in her works and was very much at home in a darkroom.



Random thoughts on Natalie:  loving, caring, beautiful, full of laughter, warped humorist, stubborn, sparkling eyes, perfectionist, reflective, boisterous, artistic, searching, good listener, moody, lover of French fries with ranch dressing, impulsive, exquisite taste, excelled at sports (baseball/softball, volleyball, basketball, shot-put, disc), incredible smile, honor student, friendly, impatient, lover of luxury, rubinesque, a quick-study, a pack-rat, impish, and now at peace with a special place deep in the hearts of many.


Natalie suffered with depression for several years and took her own life.  We will never understand the pain she was in nor the whys of her choice.  As her Mother, I am passing on a poem that came to me during my journey of life that may bring some comfort to you.


Reflection
 

Another day for you to wonder, another day for you to mourn
It wasn’t my intention to go before the coming dawn
My pain was deep within my heart and troubled head
It wasn’t my intention to go without words said

My frame of mind seemed normal, or so I heard them say
It wasn’t my intention not to see another day
I did not mean to make you suffer or cause you so much pain
It wasn’t my intention to never see you again

Despair and confusion left my aching mind unsure
It wasn’t my intention to suddenly close life’s door
If only I could give you reasons and brush the tears away
It wasn’t my intention to leave you and not stay

I did not mean for you to grieve, now left alone to cry
It wasn’t my intention to leave you, forever asking why
As the burden of life’s worries slowly ebb from my heart
I
t wasn’t my intention to tear your soul apart


                                                               - Y. Docherty




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Tributes and Condolences
Thinking of you all   / Laura Snitker-Radakovich (Cousin)
Such a beautiful tribute....I remember Natalie as sweet & kind...wishing you much love❤️
miss you   / Teresa Melzer (friend)
Time has passed so quickly and it feels like yesterday we were in the park at night you teaching me about night time photography that rainy Sunday evening. I miss your inspiration. and that smile. Everytime i look at my arm i see that picture that wa...  Continue >>
i carry your heart with me   / Marie Dudek (mom)
i carry your heart with me i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for...  Continue >>
thinking of U   / Connie (aunt 2 sammy pepe )
god blesslove connie
Natalie's birthday   / Judi Sparks (First cousin )
Happy 26th birthday, Nat!  We miss you every day.

Ed and Judi
I understand your loss  / Connie     Read >>
In Memory of ....  / Jeanne     Read >>
prayers for those left behind  / Helen Flissikowski (passerbye)    Read >>
Since You've Been Gone  / RJ Bialk (Friend)    Read >>
Such a creatiave gift lost  / Kay Mom Of Joshua Delaney (Grieving mom )    Read >>
LOVE & CARE TO SWEET NATALIE  / Jane Einarson (I care )    Read >>
Blessings & care Natalie  / Jane Einarson (I care )    Read >>
Dazed and Confused...  / Javair Gillett (brother)    Read >>
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Her legacy
Art within  

The "Not Unnoticed" Display originated with 70 of Natalie's photographs in Chicago, Illinois during the month of September 2004.  Additional displays with works of other artists have been held.  The unNOTiced project continues on and displays are being planned for the future.  If you would like to view any of the displays, or submit the art of lost loved one for an exhibit, please check out the unNOTiced website at:  http://www.notunnoticed.com/

Inner beauty  
Though her life was brief, her inner beauty touched the lives of all who knew her. You are loved and missed, Natalie!
 
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Natalie - April, 2003
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