Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Print making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
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.