Artist Conversation- Week 15

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As The Crow Flies

Media: printmaking, ink, metal, paint, wood

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery


Hearing about Nancy Young’s journey was quite interesting. This wasn’t her first time at CSULB as a student. A few decades back, she was here as a student but due to personal circumstances she was forced to drop out. This time around Nancy worked to get her BFA and is expected to graduate soon. I found it interesting how unlike other artist we’ve meet this artist, Nancy doesn’t want to pursue art as a way to support her. She does have another job in which she loves but enjoys making art as a hobby. 

Her artwork was quite beautiful, though they weren’t big, they were so detailed. They did show quite a dark feeling, in which was inspired by her life and experiences. She lost her husband roughly 9 years ago and that’s where her inspiration draws from. She also gets inspired by her dog and incorporates some of those aspects in her artwork. Also, the title of her exhibit is well suited not only because of the tragic loss of her husband but also on her technique to accomplish her work. She went all of CSULB in which print making was attainable so she “flew” from place to place.

I really enjoyed Nancy’s experienced and she was so sweet. It taught me for one that going back to school is possible no matter what age we are. Her artwork was so different than what I’m used to seeing at the galleries, they were small and simple yet very detailed and I really enjoyed them. It just goes to show that though we face challenges and sadness it’s still important to keep “flying”. 


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