Nathan Pietrykowski is a print media artist and teacher. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University and a BS from the University of Southern Indiana. Currently he is an Instructor in Art at Delta State University in Mississippi. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally including Prospect 3 International Art Biennial, Manhattan Graphics Center in New York and Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis.
Within my artist practice I take walks and log my journeys. This process is used as a catalyst for creating prints and books. Over time I came to call these walks a Wandering Party and developed a series of rules for these expeditions, which is presented in the form of a zine. Whenever my journey becomes uneventful I randomly open this book and follow that pages instructions. Doing this forces me to make changes to my route, explore buildings, pose for security cameras, or create public sculptures from found objects. Interjecting an element of chance and play into my trek helps me see my surroundings from a new perspective. These excursions are documented through photographs, notes and drawings. When I return to the studio these findings are collaged together, constructing narratives that examine class, ecology and psychogeography.
Printmaking is the primary means of production. Working in this media puts my art in conversation with political posters, underground comics, signage, buttons and pamphlets. I combine different print media and applications of ink to aid in my storytelling. For me printmaking is both an intimate experience and a public work of art. Prints can be viewed by a singular person but they are also in circulation. They are hung on walls, planted in front yards and pinned on bookbags. With this context in mind I use printmaking to disseminate my work and foster exploration, contemplation and play.