Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

A Pennsylvania native currently based out of Washington, DC, Nate Lewis, began his working career as a critical care registered nurse. After spending most of his time in a neuroscience-surgical intensive care unit over six years, he began pursuing visual arts around 2010. As a self taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience as a care taker of patients and their family members he creates stunning, intricate 2-3d sculptures out of single sheets of paper that visually combines the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles.

In this series Nate explores his desire to become emotionally porous by seeking the impersonal experiences of patients and families to become personal and intimate. This resulted in distilling untested qualities of his character and further illuminating areas of his identity. By sculpting the photographs of his body with repetitive cellular cuts, he makes visible these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of the patients, the individuals who were emotionally invested in these patients, and himself.

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

His approach to his work is often instinctive and free while at the same time surgically precise. Lewis’s work pushes the idea of freedom within boundaries, and seeks to confront perceptions of vulnerability, tragedy, and time.
Biological Tapestries is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units.

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

“I aim for this work to show the power of freedom within boundaries, and to question to what lengths are we willing to lay aside our pride, comfort, and fear to make room for empathy, within intimate and larger social contexts.” -Nate Lewis

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis
Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

images courtesy of Nate Lewis via submission

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