Nathan Betschart is a professor of art at Mesa College in San Diego, C.A. USA. His work intentions and process varies Depending of the materials needed and avail. His process is heavily based on the physical environment and time spaced for creation. He would consider himself a maker and adjuster to existing objects. When entering a new environment he evaluates its capabilities and limitations. Nathan, most likely is a maker of non-functional objects and relies on the environment to dictate what path those objects will take. He has most recently been very interested in the consistencies and transitions of weight through materials and their impact on perception.
The object is the catalyst to unspoken story telling. When trying to connect to a bygone time it’s the object that allows us passage. What hands have tugged this handle? How many times have these keys been pushed, and by whom? What was its function and how was it relevant? It’s these questions that I am interested in generating and sharing.
Replacing the workable parts of the object is a necessary process in revealing each objects story. By replacing parts of the found object, I am simultaneously killing the original reason for creation, while immortalizing the life it has lived. Much like the wrinkles of an old steal workers face, objects are enhanced by the trials of their existence. My intention is to bring focus to the loss of these objects, and the loss of the maker.