Week 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: paper, printing inks, screens, chemicals, transparencies, litho stone etc
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
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Nancy Young is graduating from CSULB with a BFA in Printmaking this semester. She attended CSULB in the earlier in her career, but at the time she was going thru drug abuse issues, and bipolar disorder and was put on academic probation because her problems effected her grades and Gpa. It took her a while to come back and get her things together. She is grateful for the opportunity to come back and still have the chance to accomplish what she came her to do from the start. She enrolled in Roxanne Sexauer’s “History of Prints” course, and from there, she grew a huge interest in printmaking and entered a printmaking class where she participated in a smattering of printmaking processes. From there she was hooked on printmaking and knew thats what she wanted to do.

Her exhibition, As The Crow Flies, was chosen because she traveled to different parts of Southern California for art workshops, shows, and classes to improve her artwork. Her art work had many different textures by sheets of canvas to a little sheet of metal that was put into acid to have a design. Most of the pieces had birds eye views of certain locations from California State University all the way to her home city. i thought that was really cool and creative and you getting to see her view on things was really amazing. The colors and shade that were used were black, silver or grey and white to make it look dull. You could tell from her different pieces that she has had lots of practice and patients with her art.

Nancy explained that her artworks up to this point has been related to her dogs, grief and loss from loosing her husband, whom she lost nine years ago. They all deal with images in her mind. She believes that getting inspiration from the internet is not a good idea because other people may be inspired by those same things.The crow is symbolic of death and departure – correlating with Young’s grief and loss. She also relates that the crow often flies around to get places, and thus learns from its experiences.Nancy had the opportunity to check out workshops in many places such as Santa Ana, Irvine, San Pedro, and Santa Monica. She enjoys attending those workshops because she can get tips from other people. and get her mind of things and just do what she loves.

Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit. This was probably in my top 3 or 4 galleries of the year. I appreciate Nancy Young for speaking about her past and being so open about all her drug problems and talking about her personal life and being very specific about things and very genuine. She helped me understand her work and what she was going through and just seeing her different pieces really inspired me. she explained perfectly how each piece was made and what tools she used in the process. I can tell that Nancy is doing what she loves, she came from a really dark place in her life and she really turned it around. Such a great story and seeing how she has evolved as a true artist.





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