Nathanael Read

Class of 2023

Personal narrative is a psychological tool we use to assign significance to transformative moments in our lives. Whether they are minute, specific events or gradual changes arcing over decades, we consistently craft stories to make sense of our lives. I examine the personal narrative process in my art by blending classic and contemporary printmaking techniques to explore how the synthesis of cultural history and individual experiences shape our personal narratives. I use the natural world and cultural devices, such as literature, historical references, and myth as resources for the narrative construction. I blur the narrative’s objective reality and interpretation by collaging photographic imagery with physical marks.