Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Ink, Paper, Transparencies, Litho Stone, Acid
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Nancy Young is a wonderful woman that is currently getting her bachelors at CSULB in the Printmaking Program. She’s using her exhibit “As the Crow Flies” as her final project, with the hope that her art has the chance to go global. When talking about her personal life, Nancy went into detail about her substance abuse and how it negatively affected her schooling. Now a happy, healthy, and soon to be college graduate, Nancy loves music and her dogs.
Nancy uses a plethora of different types of printmaking, including but not limited to, wood, metal, litho stone, and even acid. Most of her center pieces have a dark, center focus that controls most of the piece with some art splashed around the edges. For every piece she sticks to more neutral and dark color tones, which both combine the pieces visually and spiritually.
Mrs. Young’s work is very powerful because of how much she connects it to her personal life. She compares herself to the crow, and attributes the names of her pieces to her adventures outside the comforting walls of CSULB. There is also very blatant symbolism comparing the black crow to herself, especially her past drug use, connecting a huge amount of emotion to her artwork.
Nancy’s exhibit’s has been one of my favorites all year because of how much emotion she was able to connect to her art. She was able to create an atmosphere of feelings that ranged from bright colors and a hopeful future, to sharply contrasted bleak landscapes. An exhibit like this cements the idea for me that art is passion, and the more passion in your art, the more it can make a person feel.