With background in art history and a passion for personal narrative ritual. Gregory Hatch is a fiber and performance artist who explores how pattern, texture, and material sit within our memory (individual and collective).Born and raised in Akron Ohio and currently living in Cleveland, Ohio his work is continuously informed by the blue collar culture and focus on production culture. In the past his work has taken the form of public workshops and interactive performances and has recently evolved to ritualistic performances and object creation. Throughout his practice fiber and textile have been consistently important to the meaning and intent of the work. Hatch is a public librarian who allows his daily life be his research for future pieces. He earned his MFA in Sculpture and Expanded Practice from Ohio University in 2015. Through the years Greg has worked with community arts organizations giving workshops on felt making, mask making, and hand quilting. He has presented his work at the SculptureX Symposium (Columbus, OH), Radical Philosophy Conference (Long Island, NY), Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference (Bloomsburg, PA), and Open Engagement (Oakland, CA). Dealing with an eating disorder, a career as a drag entertainer, self harm, body dysmorphia, and being involved in the leather and kink community is a recipe for a life time of focusing on one's own body. Sometimes critical and sometimes celebratory these actions share a focus on the body and how it existence in the physical and cultural world. Hatch's work has focused on how textiles and fiber material inform our understanding of history and their ability to convey history through a coded visual language riddled with tradition. This new body of work is a focus of allowing textiles and visceral imagery combine to create new queer forms. First inspired by sexual encounters the work has continued to include other intimate moments within daily life that leave an impression on one's memory and their association of the materials present at the event. The objects are created from handmade felt a material that exist in-between processed textiles and their animal source. The performances continue to ritualize and distort these moments to create a new experience for the viewer. Both of these bodies of works are link by the creation of a new surface/skin.