Week 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: printmaking, ink, metal, paint, wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: does not exist

For the final week, I met with the artist Nancy Young. Thirty years ago Nancy struggled with personal problems and was forced to drop out of school. Now, once again, Nancy is an undergrad here at Cal State, Long Beach and this month she will graduate with a BFA in Printmaking. Currently, Young works as a programmer and enjoys creating art in her free time. Nancy stated that she is not into making art for money but more for the enjoyment it brings her.

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As The Crow Flies featured many small yet, beautiful pieces of art. True to her major, Young’s works were created with various types of printmaking. The pieces were comprised of dark and somber colors. The work was either framed and hung on the walls of the gallery or propped up on shelves. Most were no more than a square foot in size. The work featured mostly trees and crows in various poses and places.

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Young set up specific goals for her final show at CSULB. She went around to various printmaking facilities around the Long Beach campus to inspire her pieces. The locations represented different places graduates may end up at after school. The name As The Crow Flies is fitting for the exhibit because of this. These different places are like different goals that surround us every day. She believes that it is important that we work with our goals in mind and also be prepared to alter our path when needed.

I liked Nancy’s work as it had a level of maturity that we don’t normally see in the galleries. There were no large and obnoxious pieces like some of the other artists we create. The dull colors made me feel relaxed and invited me to look at the texture of the printmaking.  I also enjoyed reading her statement about the exhibit and setting up goals.

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