Natalie Escobar

Nat Escobar lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. They received their BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta in 2013. Escobar draws connections between patterns that occur in nature and social structures in human life. Through collaged images of primarily grates, weeds, foliage, and thorns taken during their commute to work and walks around NYC, Escobar contemplates gentrification, colonialism, social hierarchies, and queerness. They're interested in plants and weeds that are commonly viewed as unwanted or unattractive. These plants risk being removed and replaced with plants considered to be more valuable and desirable. They are resilient outcasts that fight to exist and have adapted defense mechanisms such as thorns, spikes, and hairs as a means for their own survival.