"What Are You Looking At?" examines the thoughts during a first sexual encounter in the context of the body parts with which those thoughts are associated. It is intended to convey the anxiety surrounding the nude form as it relates to societal standards and the perception of others. The series also caused Nat to examine her own body anxiety and the past relationship from which it likely began to grow.
The first edition of the artist book was created in 2016. It has been featured in The Body In Photography exhibition (Baltimore, December 2016) and Personal is Political exhibition (Savannah, March 2017). The series was also featured in Nat’s second solo exhibition in 2017. A trade edition of the artist book was created in 2017 in an edition of 25. This edition was included in Davis Orton Gallery's 8th Annual Self-Published Photobook Show.
Nat Raum is a multimedia artist working primarily with photography, printmaking, and bookmaking. She graduated from the BFA Photography program (with a studio concentration in book arts) at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2018. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD. Her artwork primarily explores her relationship with her body and the world around her after her past sexual trauma. She is also interested in the intersection between sexuality, anxiety, and trauma and how it manifests itself, both personally and broadly, in the digital age. She finds that often, short small-edition artist books are her most effective method of storytelling. She is also an avid writer and often features writing in her artist books. Nat's work has been exhibited at venues such as Davis Orton Gallery, the Midwest Center for Photography, The Museum of Human Acheivement, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. You can see more of her work here.