Nat Borges is a visual artist currently based in Sarasota, FL.
For sketches and process images, follow Nat on Instagram.
About the work
Thought and emotion are generated in the brain through physical means, but because they cannot be seen in their pure chemical form, they are typically thought of as immaterial rather than products of the body. In my work, I take these intangible concepts and represent them visually using the human figure and botanical symbolism. I draw my imagery from a variety of sources such as literature, art historical record, Western alchemy, Victorian flower language, and Christian iconography, as well as my surroundings and personal associations from being raised by Brazilian parents in the American Deep South. In particular, my work often deals with one’s relationship with the self and the manifestation of internal mental turmoil in the body. Media experimentation and the art making process itself play a crucial role in getting these feelings across. Each piece is built up through numerous layers of paint, sculpted material such as wax, or scavenged animal and botanical specimens combining to produce dimensional color and textures that give the flat surfaces a real physical presence and consequently spark a visceral reaction in the viewer.
2019 Harvey Milk Festval Exhibition, Art Center of Sarasota Sarasota, FL- Exhibited an etching and two sculptures in this juried group show. Received special recognition for the etching.
2018 Le Salon Tout Inclus, M. Chapel Projects, Sarasota, FL- Exhibited a watercolor in this group show for charity.
2018 Tide of Despair, Oddity Tattoo Studio and Gallery, Sarasota, FL- Exhibited a found object and acrylic shadowbox in this themed group show for charity.
2018 Magnitude Seven Small Works Exhibit, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnatti, OH - Exhibited two watercolor and gouache paintings as part of this juried group show.
2017 Everything Under the Florida Sun, Oddity Tattoo Studio and Gallery, Sarasota, FL - Exhibited a painted shadowbox in this themed group show.
2017 Aquachrome, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH- Exhibited two watercolors in this juried group show.
2016 Best of Ringling, Christ-Janer Gallery, Ringling College of Art & Design -Exhibited an oil painting and linoleum print in this annual juried show and was awarded the Countess Maria Zichey Scholarship for the work. Judged by Bill Mayer.
2015 Illest of Illustration, Exhibition Hall, Ringling College of Art & Design – Exhibited a handmade artist book as part of this annual juried show. Judged by Sam Wolfe Connelly.
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