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Nathan Sullivan
Jaffrey, NH

Franklin Pierce University, Assistant Professor

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My Form Series explores the associative power of natural forms.  By the alteration of scale, placement and context, the forms that are explored lose their concrete cognitive associations.  The resulting images become indeterminate signifiers that the viewer may readily associate with a multitude of objects and readings, resulting from their own experiences, and personal narratives. Through simultaneous recognitions patterns emerge; natural form begetting associations of other universal possibilities.

This body of work represents natural objects that have been chosen and attended to for their particular yet unremarkable quality, objects that at first may seem at the least uninteresting, or homely. These objects have been located in a myriad of the indiscernible: found on the forest floor, nestled in the underbrush, or hidden within a field. I have taken from these moments of decay and destitution, a piece, a part, a pittance, a pit, a pod, a seed, a nut, these seemingly insignificant natural entities often evading interest, and attention, yet are holding both in sign and function the alchemy of life.


born: 1978, Pittsfield, MA


Syracuse University, MFA, 2005
University of Massachusetts, Amhesrt, BFA, 2001

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Form Series, The Gallery at Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, 2008
Jessica Thornton and Nathan Sullivan, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2008

selected group shows

11th Annual Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2010
Contemporary Realism Biennal, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 2010  
Paint, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2001 
Contemporary Painting, Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 2009

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