Week 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: BFA Print Making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

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This week my artist conversation was with Nancy Young. She is in the BFA Print Making Program and this will be her lat semester. She started at CSULB in 1984 but she was on academic probation and was kicked out from CSULB. The reason why she wasn’t doing well in school was because of substance abuse issues and bipolar disorder. She works for the County of Orange as a database programmer and she uses art to be creative in her job. Her hobbies are music and spending time with her dog. Her inspiration for art is comes from her personal issues and struggles like grief and loss.

Young’s art is all print making and having images on photopalmer. She explained that she uses relief which is the areas where the block is removed. Sharp tools to crave the paintings such as the crow which is the last picture. She had to remove some of the actual color so it could come out like that. She also uses photopalmer which is adapted on photo shop and printed on the different plates. Her art is based on different places she has been and things that remind of her of certain hardships in her life.

Her art has a deeper meaning to her personal issues and also the lost of her husband a couple years ago. She creates work at each location she has been too and the deeper meanings the crow means to her than other people who view her art. Her art resembles how its ok to move along onto the next step in life and finding more inspiration. The Southern California aspects she uses as her locations are representing all the souls with the same issues as she has experienced. The only way to see this problems is to look closer like a bird that has seek a better life. She understands her art because of what it means to her and some people won’t be able to see her art through her eyes because they probably haven’t gone through what she has.

I find Young’s art work very appealing. When I first viewed her art I never would of thought what was the deeper meaning behind every art piece. I think it’s beautiful how she portrays her personal issues in such an amazing way. Being able to see that she could push through her hardships is very inspirational and that life goes on no matter what.


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