My association with art has always been through my hands, touch plays an integral role me as an object maker and my identity. They are how I connect with my work, from concept to finished piece. The artists’ hand is an important element when we talk about art, but for me, it has become the art, a way for me to stay connected to my own history as an artist since adding new two-dimensional work to my practice.
A focus on how the body aches and pains, and heals, I use photography and digital media as a visual language. In my collage (Dis)Repair (2020), I give autonomy to chance and happenstance by dropping images from height and allowing chance to form an ever-changing collage each time it is installed. I look at this collage as a contradiction of wholeness and fragmentation, both for my identity and my body. Currently, my body is a fragmented self that needs to be restored and that a new whole can be formed.
Arthrography (2020), an installation piece formed from a sequence of 27 images is a response to my experience getting an arthrogram for an MRI on my shoulder in the spring of 2020. I was able to view a live x-ray as the doctor injected contrast dye filling my shoulder socket, it left me with hope that I would begin to heal. Pain and healing are at the core of Arthrography since this series is of the body, from the body, for the body.
Zachary Tate is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the interaction and interplay between the human body and art. Zachary is classically trained in bronze casting, but his most recent body of work uses photography and digital media to explore his own body.
Zachary received his BA in Studio Art from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he has worked as a teaching assistant and adjunct professor in the sculpture department.