Nathaniel Hill

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1. Hello

2020

Oil on canvas

(18” x 16”2)

2. Skrantle’s Vision

2019

Oil on canvas

(24” x 24”3)

3. Soft Search

2020

Acrylic on bristol paper

(11” x 14”4)​

4. Fragment Research Archive

2019

Low fired glazed stoneware

with engobe

(13” x 11”5) ​

5. Yondle

2020

Oil on canvas

(16” x 20”6)​

6.Untitled (untitled)

2019

Low fired glazed stoneware

with engobe

(11” x 9”7)​

7. Untitled (stomp)

2020

Oil on canvas

("9 x 14”8)​

8. Control (controlled)

2019

Low fired glazed stoneware

with engobe

(13” x 11”9) ​

 

9. Grid Life

2019

Low fired glazed and unglazed

stoneware with engobe

(13” x 11”10)​

10. Garbage Scape

2019

Oil on canvas

16” x 20”

My work engages themes of thresholds, the conscious and unconscious mind, the conflation of collective memory and personal histories, and how we archive, access, and reflect upon experience in relation to the digital. Archives have been metaphorically called “the secretions of an organism.” My work attempts to chronicle what we leave behind, by mimicking how we take in information, digest it, and spit it back out in an altered state. How do we capture and remember the transient fragments of our lives? How has this changed in the last twenty years in regards to the internet? In my practice these themes and questions materialize congruent with the formal elements of painting and the mutability of images; with the plasticity of clay, and the insistent, bodily presence of sculpture. I strive to make my work neither explicitly representational nor purely abstract but both at once. My work contends with the fallacy of searching for objective truth. The work should only ask questions, it should answer nothing; I believe in the creative process of regurgitation not creation. I believe this is indicative of our contemporary conception of reality, that our world is immensely complicated, beautiful and unforgiving. Under these conditions I hope to create moments of synchronicity and contemplation between the viewer, myself, and world.