Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
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.