Exhibition Detail

Natalie Funk: #Adulting


Natalie Funk

Imagine a 25 year old not knowing what credit is. That's a little terrifying. It seems essential for a young adult to know things like how to drive, how to cook, or changing a tire. But these rites of passages are man-made and different across cultures. So, what makes us an adult then? The age or the actions of the person?

I aim to explore and debunk the idea of “adulting” through an illustrated comic guide book. I myself am a self-proclaimed “adult-in-training,” engaging in the self-deprecating #adulting humor. So, I wanted to make a book on how lacking I felt as an adult that could be relatable for my other confused young adults out there. Emerging adults should know that certain actions are not definitive of your worth as an adult. It was important to make this book about emerging adults because this is a current issue with lots of differing and conflicting opinions and misconceptions. The content for the comics and infographics were collected from my own experiences, interviewed accounts, and crowdsourced material which were organized into categories reminiscent of anthropological research.

On display at Stamps Gallery

This work is featured as part of Close Encounters: the 2017 Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Argus II Building, and the new Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performance, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.