Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crows Flies
Media: Drawing and Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist: Nancy is currently a graduate student who is looking forward to finally getting her degree in printing. Nancy had issues when she was younger with substance abuse and as a result she had to drop out of school from CSULB, but eventually through support from her family she was able to get back on her feet. She then decided to follow her dreams in printing sketches. At first it was difficult because printing is not easy to come by unless you have connections. Since printing required expensive machines, it was ideal to know someone with access to printing machines. Nancy finds her way going back to school and taking classes on printing. Through the art program she was able to get access to printing machines and was finally able to print her drawings. Her art is a manifestation of her hardships she experienced through her life. Nancy had also lost her husband.
Formal Analysis: Just from glancing at the art drawings, they contain a simplistic vibe to it. Color is plain and singular, all three pieces are drawn and colored with black. Also all three are drawn as a crow realistically, meaning that they resemble a crow in real life. The main difference from the three is that they’re drawn from different perspectives: two are drawn only from the head, and the other is drawn from the entire body. The lines and shape are also drawn in a realistic fashion, these pieces are design to represent a crow.
Content Analysis: What Nancy wanted convey in her drawings is that no matter how hard life gets, you can get up and keep moving forward to follow your dreams. The crow is a perfect representation of portraying the hardships we all experience in our lives. However, what the crow can also do is fly like other birds. Flying can be symbolized as hope because soaring through the sky is viewed as good fortune. She wanted to show her audience that life is full of difficult times, but that does not mean you have to abandon your dreams.
My Experience/ Synthesis: My overall experience was a good one for our last artist experience. I learned that meaningful messages can be displayed through simple art. Nancy’s issues were manifested perfectly in her art to which I was able to visualize. Although, I was only able to visualize it because she explained her story to us. With the provided context, her art stood out to me in a meaningful message about life.