Header Image: "Probing the Land V", 2020. 44 x 60 in (111.76 x 152.4 cm). Hand-sculpted inkjet print, ink, graphite, frottage.
Nate Lewis is an explorer of history. For this task, he uses patterns, textures, and rhythm. “In continuing my work with black figures, I sculpt in unseen tensions of the past, present, and future on bodies with the idea of utilizing diagnostic lenses and contrast dyes to reveal erased and unknown histories and patterns.”
His work is driven by empathy, because without empathy and perspective alteration “our hearts will remain unchanged”. He aspires to understand nuanced points of view. His work consists out of altered photographs. With these collages, he aims to challenge people´s perspectives on race and history through ‘distortion and illusion’. Lewis also treats his art like it is an organism itself. He states: “I sculpt patterns akin to cellular tissue and anatomical elements, allowing hidden histories and patterns to be uncovered from the photographs. I approach subjects and imagery from a diagnostic place with the idea of utilizing diagnostic lenses and contrast dyes. Through the use of presence, absence, distortion, and illusion and while in a time when the digital world has severe control of our information feeds, I aim to challenge our lens”, the powers that hold our attention, and create opportunities for questioning and perspective alteration.
He shares that because of his medical training, he is interested in the tensions that exist within and without us. Lewis embraces ‘humanistic ideas of human connection and understanding’.