Wk 15-Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

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

Website: N/A

The featured artist, Nancy Young, is going to be a graduate of this year and she has kept along with the BFA Printmaking Program here at CSULB. Nancy is not only about art but she is into music. Aside from those topics she enjoys the company and care of dogs. She now works as a programmer in the City of Orange with also the responsibility of going to a university at the same time. Something that made Nancy Young stand out as an artist is her past struggle with drugs and disorder and how she overcame it with the focus of school. She admits that the length of her attendance of school was long because of these things that she has dealt with.

The art of Nancy Young consists of muted colors along with the job of ink. The drawings/paintings look as if they have sharp edges with rounded realistic curves. Since crows are thought of dark creatures, the art represents the feeling that they bring. In the back of the crow there are colors that seem as if it was splashed or if it had watercolor on it. There are certain parts of the painting that are white and I think they add an element of sort of a contrast to the crow in order for it to stand out.

Nancy Young’s art represent her personal issues that she has dealt with for a long time. She had to endure grief and loss which is somehow shown in her artwork. She had been grieving for about nine years for her husband, but she has found enjoyment through her dogs and art. Her art comes within her and it shows that it is way more personal than what meets the eye. Dark times in her life inspired the art work and she stated that the internet was a no when she looks for her next art work.

As someone who has not dealt with or can relate to Nancy Young, I want to understand her art work. I want to see what she has gone through, but instead of asking, I can wonder why she picked a crow and why she picked the way she styled it. Clearly you can tell some type of darkness in her art, although she is now a successful future graduate. Her art with the crows represent the past and the legend that comes with this animal. The meaning behind her art probably has to do with that time of her life.



Week 14-Activity Feedback

My top 3 favorite experiences for this course were the automatic drawing, sketching in the garden, and plaster casting. These were my favorite because it’s what I thought an art class should be about. I had the most fun and felt the most enjoyment out of these. They included interaction and that’s what made it  a cool experience. My 3 least favorite activity were the group video activity, photowalk, and moonbase alpha. They seemed a bit random and for it didn’t really excite me like the others. The moonbase alpha activity didn’t seem to fit in with the flow of the class.Something that could make the class better would be if there was a smaller class because there were too many people and not enough time to get to know your classmates. Other than that I thought the class was fun and I’m glad it was my first art class in a university setting

Week 14- Art Experience- Sketching in the Garden

Since this is our last art experience I think I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the fact that we went to a place that brings peace and quiet. I have never been to the Japanese garden, but now it makes me want to come here more often. I also liked taking pictures of a bigger picture which were my representational photos on the top and for my abstract pictures I tried to capture small little detailed parts of the garden that most people don’t put attention to. This experience was only dreadful because I have no artistic ability to draw. Tracing is the best I can do when it comes to this, but I saw that there was also freedom. I like how it’s recognized that some of us in the class can’t draw. Overall I liked taking pictures of the garden and the drawing was good especially when I didn’t think about it too much. Hopefully I did okay on the drawings and on my pictures. I wanted to capture so many available parts of this little hidden place on our CSULB campus.