Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking, acid, wood, and etching
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: no website
Instagram: no instagram
About the Artist:
This week I had the pleasure of getting to know Nancy Young, an undergraduate at CSULB working towards her BFA degree in the Printmaking program. She stated that this exhibition is her final project. Her work explores the many methods of printmaking and her exhibition had an entire wall dedicated to helping the viewers gain a better understanding of printmaking and the different methods used. She aimed to travel around various printmaking facilities to produce pieces of work at locations other than CSULB. This was the inspiration of her exhibition and its title “As the Crow Flies”. When Nancy is not making art, she enjoys music and reading along with spending time with her dogs.
As described previously, Nancy used many different techniques of printmaking throughout her work. Some of the materials used for her plates are linoleum, wood, and metal. She chooses to print based off of her own photos as opposed to photos on the internet because she wants to find her own inspiration. Some prints tend to have a dark focus, normally a crow, with various backgrounds, whether its left blank or covered with splashes of color. Each print has a black focus. The other prints are focused on landscape but still have a neutral and dark tone to them. The monochromatic theme made the prints seem unified and bold.
Nancy’s work was very inspiring as it was directly related to her life. As she stated to the students, she wanted to produce prints at numerous printmaking facilities around CSULB since “as birds leave the nest, graduates leaving the university must find new places to work.” Hence the title of her exhibition. Nancy also stated that a majority of her work is inspired by things that matter to her most in life, like her husband who had passed away 9 years ago and her dogs that she holds very close to her heart. Each piece has miles attached to the name and this indicates how many miles away the “crow” is from Cal State Long Beach. This signifies how far she journeyed away from her comfort zone on campus.
I absolutely loved this exhibition. Not only was I inspired by her work but I also had the opportunity to learn more about the printmaking process and the various methods that can be used. I really liked the concept of listing the number of miles on each piece of work because it gave a real illustration of how far she traveled and where she got to experience various inspirations in her pieces. My favorite piece was the black crow with the multicolored background. To me it represented her personal life and that even if someone is struggling internally, the world around us still radiates hope and happiness and I could really see that illustrated in this piece. Not only do I love what it means to me, but it is also a print I could see myself purchasing and placing in my own h0me. I am honored I had the opportunity to experience Nancy’s journey throughout the creation of her exhibition. And I also love that I left with a little more knowledge and respect of the printmaking processes.