Wk 15: Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: Print making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

The final gallery walk for this semester I got to interview CSULB artist Nancy Young with my classmates. She is in the print making program. Nancy is an undergrad here at the university but this is her final year before she graduates. This was actually her last exhibition as a student here. Her hobbies are listening to music, her art, and her dog which she loves so much. Her work is inspired by her life experiences and her dog. Nancy is currently a programmer for the county of orange and does not plan on making a living out of her artwork.

Nancy’s background is in print making so all of her art pieces began as pictures that she took herself. The colors of her art work are black and very grim looking. It looks to be a lot of engraving and lots of intricate lines that make very clear pictures like the many crows she designed. She used various materials but an interesting one was how she carved wood in order to create a precise design of a crow. It was very jagged, dark, and gave it a look as if it would pop out at you. It was very interesting learning about the process of the art work.

Her art revolves on the many life experiences she has had. She says her artwork allows her to express herself through them and she could look back to see all that she has overcome. Nancy’s art keeps her going and in a sense keeps her “sane” as she says. Not only her obstacles in life but also her dog play a part in her inspiration for the art work. Almost all the artwork in the gallery was done this semester. Her art is not to make a living but to tell her story and gives her an outlet to do so.

This was a very interesting exhibition because I have never seen this kind of art before (print making). It really enjoyed the dark grim feel over her work with all the crows, dark colors, and rough appearance. Nancy is a very talented artist and has overcome so much to get to where she is today. The story she tells through her art can resonate with so many people and it is inspiring to the highest degree. I would love to see her artwork again so hopefully she comes to display more work her at CSULB after graduation.



Wk 15: Classmate Convo

For the final week of class, I met my classmate Valerie Laslo at the Galleries. She is a third year here at CSULB and is a criminal justice major. I found out that she spent half over her high school years at CAMS which is a really hard high school to get into and I was very impressed by this. After that she transferred over to Wilson here in Long Beach where she was on the swim team. Her hobbies are being outdoors, hiking, going to lakes, cherry picking, and traveling. Her goal is to travel to two new states every year. This year she has checked out Oregon and Montana. I thought that was really cool and we had a conversation about the food in Oregon and how I have always wanted to go to Portland so it was really cool to talk to someone who has been to the state. Valerie is a super cool person and you should totally check out her page. (https://valcat17.wordpress.com/)


Wk 14: Japanese Garden Drawing

This week our activity was to go to the Japanese Garden on campus and draw. We had to make six drawings, 3 representational and 3 abstract. This was what I originally thought we were going to be doing in this class all along. It was a very fun activity because it allowed us to just let loose and draw, I mean come on who doesn’t like to draw. I am definitely not an artistic person so most of my drawings probably look abstract without trying but I tried my best and hope they could be interpreted with ease. I drew stuff like side views of the garden, a duck in the pond, bonsai trees, and even flowing lotuses. I think drawing lotuses were my favorite because they are very often used in Japanese tattoos which I love and have 8 hours worth of Japanese style tattooing on my person so its definitely something I’m interested. I am very lucky that I have a Japanese Garden here at CSULB. We also had to take six pictures of the garden with three of them being representational and three abstract as well. That was a much easier task for me because I don’t have to struggle to show what I’m seeing. I don’t know how abstract 3 of my pics are but I tried my best to be artistic, I’m a poli sci major for goodness sake!!!! It was a overall good experience and very relaxing, id do it again.