(b. 1990, Los Angeles, CA; lives and works in New York, New York)
The Long Ride #2, 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist and Chapter NY
In my photographs I use found objects to restage filmic tropes that connote sensations of suspense, seduction and crisis. Before making them, I pick up things I see when walking under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to my studio—loose gravel or car parts. In this work I made a sun out of a rearview mirror that had been run over. I see my pictures as a kind of abstract portraiture—imagery intended to evoke emotion rather than communicate a message. In that sense, the content of the work is abstract, but the pictures are constructed around where I live and what I see.
Willa Nasatir is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.