Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Nathan William Thorson
Nathan William Thorson
(Spring 2021)

I understand my artwork as documents of the living queer experience. Drawing inspiration from my life and the lives of my friends, I tell stories about our fight for survival. Doing this allows me to add to the generations long conversation of queer artist-scholars who came before me and contribute to the tradition of queer resistance through art.

I take an architectural approach to quilting and weaving that uses mathematical precision and geometric abstraction as a way to construct/visualize trauma and memory. In addition to fiber based craft, I compose audio “story-webs” that use interview and conversation as a medium to write oral histories. The combination of all this work results in a personal memorial to life-defining moments and (chosen) family history, and an archive of lived experience that can contribute to the greater history of queer liberation.