UCLA Disability Studies is proud to share research by UCLA DS minor alum Nat Decker (they/them). This capstone research, which was the subject matter that earned them the Jessie Alpaugh Senior Prize in 2022 has been published in a journal article in First Monday, in collaboration with Cielo Saucedo, UCLA Arts MFA candidate. UCLA Disability Studies celebrates that Decker and Saucedo’s research continues to advance disability representation, authenticity, and equity, and access within digital spaces.
Today, Decker continues to research, organize, and create through their various involvements:
- They are currently wrapping up a 2023 Processing Foundation Fellowship.
- They are currently a year 10 member of NEW INC, the New Museum incubator for art/design/technology.
- They will be showing art in November at Tangled Art + Disability in Canada and at the Gray Area Festival in San Francisco. The Gray Area commission emerged from their participation in the Leonardo CripTech Metaverse Lab in the spring.
- They were the June 2023 Artist in Residency at LATITUDE Chicago.
Nat Decker is a Chicago born Los Angeles based artist interpreting the intimacies of queer and disabled lived experience as provocation toward collective care and liberation. Creating between digital and material mediums, they identify the computer as an assistive tool affording a more accessible practice. They use digital 3D software to trace serpentine connections between the body and technology, reimagining fantastical mobility devices as cultural celebration and agitation of conventional desirability politics. This cyclically informs their work with sculpture, creating non-functional mobility devices as aesthetic scrutiny and frictional commentary on designations of usefulness. Nat is also an access worker, having consulted on accessibility for organizations such as p5.js, New Art City, Creative Growth, the LA Spoonie Collective, and for various projects at the University of California, Los Angeles.