Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Ink, Chemicals, Plates, Matrices, Grease and water pencil
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: None
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Nancy Young is going for her BFA in CSULB’s printmaking program. She originally came to school here many years back but was unsure of life plan at the time and wasn’t sure if college was right for her as well as what to do here. Along with that, she was also falling prey to drugs and ended up getting kicked out of school. When she did decide to focus on school though, she took a printmaking class for fun and ended up finding it really exciting and loving it and actually applying to go under the program.

When you walk into her exhibit, it looks like drawings to the untrained eye. Nancy’s works looked very textured and she very much encouraged us to touch her pieces of art. Many of the works fit under a few categories which were: prints in frames, prints on canvas, and etchings on metal plates but the way she set up the exhibit makes them all flow together nicely.

When doing this exhibit, Nancy had the whole idea of focusing on where you’re going and having a good plan because then you can concentrate on what’s around you in more detail which is what her prints do. Printmaking is kind of like taking what a in front of you and putting your own touch on it to make it yours. In her journey, she’s had to deal with personal issues involving her dogs and grief as well as loss because she lost her husband 9 years ago. With this exhibit, it feels like she’s showing us a bit of how her life has been going.

Her work feels very real and very personal and she even told us that she doesn’t like getting inspiration from internet because if she gets inspired there, chances are so has someone else and they’re going to end up with similar work. I don’t really think you can copy the rawness of her work though, it’s very textured which I really like seeing and it’s just overall quite eye-catching.


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