Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
This week I met Nancy Young. She is actually graduating this semester with a BFA in the Printmaking program. She told our class that this show is actually her final project. When she first started going to college, she was put on academic probation and had to leave for a while. She told that class that she struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder. After years of struggling, she decided to go back to school. She has completely turned her life around and is very happy. In her free time, she loves to be with her dog and listens to music.
Nancy uses a variety of printmaking in her exhibit. She uses a lot of detail in her work. The crows were so realistic due to the fact that she used so much detail. All of her pieces have a smooth look to them. The colors consist of mostly black and white. There are a few other colors as well, like pink and blue. The black in each piece however, is what the main focus is supposed to be. The other colors just emphasize the focus.
Nancy Young explained that her motivation behind her exhibit was all of the grief that she has gone through and struggled with in her life. Nine years ago, Young tragically lost her husband. He has become a huge inspiration in her art, it is her way of coping through her grief. Her love for her dogs is also another inspiration for her art. They are the happiness and joy that she has while creating her pieces. Nancy also discussed how she travels to different cities and attends workshops to find more motivation and to expand her knowledge on what to create and how to create it.
I really enjoyed this exhibit. Nancy Young was a very interesting and motivating woman to talk to. I felt that everyone was inspired that even with her struggles and hardships in life, she is still determined to become successful. She found what she loves and is happy again. She has endured so much in her life, but still went back to school and will be graduating really soon. It was very inspiring to me and made me more confident in myself to graduate and get my degree.