Where did you go to school? How has this influenced you?
I graduated from Air Academy High School in 1998, and have been at UCCS for the past 3 years. I took every kind of art class that I could in high school. Even in non-art classes, I would obsessively draw all over my books, homework, and my desk. My goal became to impress my friends with my drawings and make them laugh, which pushed me to be creative and try to do something fresh and entertaining each time I would draw. I still feel this way today.
Why did you choose those materials? That size?
I chose a 2D surface with toned paper so I could draw a large, bold image with a level of detail that I can only achieve with pencil. I like the look of colored-pencil artwork, it reveals the artist’s hand in way that feels rough and slightly crude, with the blending ability of colored-pencils which can approach certain kinds of paintings. I chose to do a 3’ by 6’ drawing which, while not huge for a general piece of art, is pretty big when considering the amount of work it takes with a pencil.
Why are you making it? Is it an ongoing project?
I make art because it is a way for me to communicate certain ideas that I couldn’t do otherwise. My style of art is very focused on craftsmanship and detail. The materials and media that I use are very traditional; I draw on paper. I enjoy the fact that I am creating an illusion, and that I have complete control over everything that the viewer sees. My artwork has been a lifelong process, and is a kind of compulsion for me. I am always looking for a new medium or mode of art making that will enable me to achieve my vision. I dabble in other forms of 2D and 3D art, always with the goal of recreating my particular style and vision. For me, material and medium are things that I need to master, so it takes me a long time to become comfortable with a new medium.
Nathan Hodges was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, but has lived in Colorado Springs for most of his life. He has been making drawings from an early age. He and his two brothers would draw silly, sometimes violent and macabre, but always darkly humorous pictures. Nathan continued to develop his skills and style throughout his early life into adulthood. He made many tattoo designs and made portraits on commission. He didn’t make a serious study of art until he was in his 30’s, when he enrolled in the Visual Arts program at UCCS. Nathan primarily works in 2D, but experiments in 3D as well. He makes work that depicts distorted and mutated organic forms inspired by his love of science, specifically evolutionary biology. He finds inspiration in the workings of nature, and all the forms that life has produced, both in the beauty of plants and animals, and the macabre beauty of disease and decay. He currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Erin.
Nathan Hodges is an artists whose works are showcased in GOCA 1420’s Senior Visual Art Exhibition, Ways of Seeing. This is the eleventh annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition and runs from 21 April through 13 May 2017. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. GOCA1420 is located at UCCS Centennial Hall at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, 80918.