Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Print Making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Nancy Young is in the BFA program for print making. This was her final show before she graduates this semester. She has been on and off from school due to some personal problems she had in the past like her substance abuse and bipolar nature. She overcame these problems and is now allowing her past to resonate in her art work. She has now moved on from her problems and is currently a programmer. She loves her art, but doesn’t want it to be the thing that sustains her life. he has a job being a programmer and considers art as a passion and a hobby.
Nancy Young’s work is composed of photographs she took her self around Southern California. Afterwards, she printed them and framed them, some of her work is on wood, plates, and she even used acid to make them show on other materials. Since she makes prints, her work is pretty smooth. Her work is mostly medium sized and in black and white. It is symmetric when it comes to the materials she prints on, but the pictures are more representational of her feelings and surroundings.
Nancy Young’s work explores her experiences from the past like her bipolar nature and substance abuse. Those were roadblocks in her life since they were the cause of her failing grades which eventually led her to be kicked out of school. Her work is in the point of view of the crow and using the crow’s view, she is able t let the public see what the crow sees. In terms of her work, she is the crow and the places the crow visited is a metaphor for her journey into graduating and finally getting her BFA in printmaking.
To me, Nancy’s work is very meaningful. She has been through a lot and the fact that she is able to overcome her struggles is amazing. Her work may seem dark due to the color, but it’s actually inspirational since she has visited so many places and has done so much even with the things that were holding her back. I like her prints since they are very precise and very meaningful.