Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Ink through Relief Printing, Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Nancy Young is an undergraduate majoring in BFA Printmaking. In order to have her own show, she had to present a proposal. This is her final show and she recently just turned in her final project. She has been to school for a long time. In 1984, she was put on academic probation and got kicked out due to bi-polar and substance abuse issues. She decided to try intro to printmaking and applied to printmaking. She is so grateful for the opportunity. Nancy is going to graduate this month. It’s hard for her to say what her hobbies are because she has been crazy busy. However, she does like music and likes her dogs. She’s thinking about getting another dog because she feels that her dog needs a friend. A lot of her works is about her dog.
Nancy’s inspiration deals with personal issue. She had to deal with grief and lost. She lost her husband 9 years ago and lost one of her dogs. Nancy likes to take photographs and doing these things has brought up what it was like back then for her. Nancy told us that this school has so many opportunity. She is not trying to make a living with art. She has a database job that she loves. She feels that fine arts can help anyone. It has helped her be creative and troubleshoot. Nancy is not afraid to dig in and try. This is her last semester and she had a goal. She did’t want to use old homework assignments to display in her show.
Her initial plan was to visit printmaking facilities around CSULB and create new work at each location. The title of her exhibition is “As The Crow Flies”. In her gallery, there were many artworks about crows. It portrays how when graduates leave the university, they must find a new place to work. Just like how birds must leave the nest. Her works are not just about one thing. For example, one of the wall talks about different types of printmaking and plate examples she used. Relief is the process where the wood is carved and what is left behind is what prints. It’ll be inked up and what’s left is printed. She used many sharp tools and she’s glad she didn’t get hurt from any of them. Wood peck is also a form of relief; it’s a kind of process. Another type is Intaglio ink, which is the family of printing. It is the direct opposite of relief. In order to make prints, one would need a studio. She made most of her works at CSULB workshops. Some other ones she went to were in Santa Ana, Long Beach, and San Pedro. A week before show, she was a Josephine Press in Santa Monica. One of the good things about printmaking is that you can get tips from other people.
Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibition. I was fascinated with the printmaking works that were displayed. There were so many details on her artwork. What I liked about this exhibition is that she displayed definitions of the techniques she used for her artwork. It helped me better understand the techniques. She also showed us the sharp tools that were used. She has come a long way and I’m glad that she is doing something she loves. I hope she continues to make more beautiful artworks! 😊