Tatum’s prints consist of graphite screen prints on paper. He folds paper sheets containing his print images into various multi-faceted objects and combines them together to create sculptural wall hangings. These wall hangings are usually large in scale. Previous examples of his wall hangings range from 140x215 cm to 120x460 cm. The works were featured at Tatum’s solo showcase Looking Back and Thinking Ahead, which was on display at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands in June 2017. The works were also shown at the Carifesta XIII showcase in Barbados during August 2017.
Many of the images Tatum sources for his screen prints are collected from the Cayman Islands National Archives (CINA). He also collects images from Caymanian family photograph collections. He is interested in using images placed within his wall hangings as monumental objects to provoke narratives of missing identities and to show the importance of photographs to maintain memory in modern society. He often chooses images of unidentified people to assist this narrative and questions whether these images should be archived if the identity of the people captured in the photographs no longer exist in the historical memory of the photograph owner. Tatum is also interested in how his chosen materials for printmaking affect the outcome of the works. He believes that situations created from the materials can greatly impact the narrative of the prints he produces. For example, some images become disrupted when they are reproduced with graphite powder. This causes the visual identity of the people within those images to be removed and refines the visual importance of their identity. In this way, the ghosts of the unidentified people are allowed to be released from the image through the process-based abstraction of the graphite powder material shifting through the screen printing process. Furthermore, Tatum also enjoys using newsprint paper as an image surface and as a structural material that is portable. He believes newsprint paper allows his images to become more diverse when they take the form of the paper objects he creates for the wall hangings.