Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: BFA Print Making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
This week we met artist, Nancy Young. Nancy is pursuing a BFA in the printmaking program from California State University Long Beach. Nancy started attending California State University Long Beach in 1984 and left after being placed on academic probation following issues with substance abuse as a result of her bipolar disorder. Nancy enjoys taking printmaking classes and has taken all of them at Long Beach State. Nancy also works as a database programmer and uses art as a creative outlet. Nancy loves music and enjoys spending time with his dog. Nancy uses her art to shed light upon negative factors in her life.
Nancy Young creates all of her pieces through printmaking. Nancy uses a technique known as relief which removes areas of the block. Sharp tools are also utilized in order to carve the art into a desired shape. Photopalmer, an tool like Photoshop, is also used on her pieces. All images depict birds, in locations that she has personally visited. There is little to no color used.
The inspiration behind Nancy Young’s work is deeply personal. She creates pieces at locations she has personally visited and that she holds significance in. The reoccurring theme in all of her work is crows, these birds represent aspects in her life that need to be freed, “like a bird leaving the nest”. The birds are moving from location to location in search of a better life.
I personally loved this weeks exhibit. The amount of personal influence in Nancy Young’s work really made the images that much more moving. It was amazing to see someone overcome so much personal adversity and be able to channel it in a positive and creative way. I look forward to seeing more breathtaking prints by Nancy Young.