Nate Young

Nate Young is a Chicago-based artist who is best known for his exquisite work with wood. His work is inspired by personal recollection, oral history, and family relics, among other things, but this story cannot be seen directly in Nate’s work. It’s more accurate to say that it can be felt, sensed, intuited. Nate's newest work is spare and ethereal. The objects tell a story, about family and identity and memory, and they are also about myth and mysticism.


I was making work that was about race and about blackness and I wanted to stop doing that. I wanted to think about what was underneath that. There are stories in this work that, people ask me, ‘Is that true? Like, did you find a map that led you to these bones and you dug them up out of the ground?’ I’m less interested in if it’s true. I’m more interested in if it’s real. I think race kind of acts like that, too. It’s not true, but it’s real.
— Nate Young

Paige hosts the LookSEE podcast and is a freelance audio producer, an art lover, and a lifelong Richmonder. Her favorite place to be is in a museum. A close second is a bookstore.