Week15-Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking, ink,  lithography, reliefs, wood, sketching. sand,  metal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
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This week in Art110 I got to see the artwork of Nancy Young. Nancy is a senior at CSULB and will be graduating this semester with a BFA in printmaking. Printmaking has become a huge passion for Nancy and has helped her overcome substance abuse and depression. She loves having a medium that she can express her feelings through in a healthy way. She is not in this business for the money and just wants to do art because it brings her joy. Right now Nancy works as a programmer in Orange County.

The exhibition we saw this week of Nancy’s was named “As the Crow Flies”. When viewing her artwork you can see a consistent use of dark and neutral colors. This color choice, I believe makes her pieces even more powerful. The shapes used throughout her pieces are mainly organic shapes. She incorporates nature into her pieces. Also the main shape used throughout her pieces is a crow. Also on the floor in her exhibition there was a star made out of sand but sadly this was messed up by an oblivious student. Each of her pieces have different textures throughout them and either have a feeling of flowing or staccato.

The reason behind the naming of this exhibition is because Nancy wanting to bring across the feeling of being able to fly above the hardships of life. She chose to use a crow as the main symbol for this because it is a harsh bird but still is able to fly. Representing the hardships of life but how important it is to still learn from them and let the hardships make you fly. Nancy has been through hard times in her life and she is so grateful to art for giving her a second chance.

Overall my experience with talking and viewing Nancy Young’s artwork was very enjoyable. It was interesting to hear about her life experiences that affected her into creating this art work. I love hearing when people are able to find joy in art when they are struggling. Art is so powerful and has the beautiful ability to affect people’s lives for the better. Nancy sharing this with the world is amazing and I am happy to have seen it. I hope to see more of her artwork in the future.





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