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[un]reliable narrator is an exploration of sorts, a mining of my experiences ranging from more than a decade of service in the Marines, including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, to fatherhood and tea parties with my daughter. In this work I seek to highlight those people and moments that exist within the margins of the stories about warfare. Often using materials found on the battlefield, which come imbued with a specific history, in juxtaposition with those found within the everyday domestic, I create art that maintains essential truths while simultaneously questioning autobiography and authenticity.


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NATE HEILMAN is a Boston-based artist who was born and raised in Washington State before joining the Marine Corps at 17-years-old.  Nathan attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant while in the Marines and since transitioning out in 2014 has earned BFA’s in English (Poetry) and Studio Art both from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  He is set to finish his MFA in Sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May 2020.