Michael Nauert

Region: Midwest

Website: http://michaelnauert.com

City / State: Chicago, IL

Slipping in and out of the familiar through abstract mark-making, my paintings draw parallels between nature and human nature. Paint application ranges from thin, willowy, fanglike strokes to thick juicy plumages of clustered marks. These shapes coalesce into landscape and figure, eventually dissipating into abstract impressions. My hope is that viewers will encounter their inner realities by engaging the work’s limbo state.

Within this innate reflection, I question the potential fears and inspirations, the knowns and unknowns the observers might meet in themselves. This interaction mirrors the sublime that landscape painting historically aspired to. My goal is to uncover the possible hidden landscapes of being human: who we are, our bodies as organic technology, and humans as spirit beings.