Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Linoleum, wood, sharp tools, printing plates
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
As the semester is coming to a close, my last artist conversation was with Nancy Young. Nancy is a senior in the BFA Printmaking program here at CSULB, and is graduating this semester. As the Crow Flies is her last exhibit marking the completion of her degree, and she could not be more grateful to be receiving her diploma. Nancy is not a full time student, seeing that she has a full time job as a database programmer at the County of Orange. She loves her job and her dog, but has been extremely busy lately finishing her artwork in time for graduation.
One of Nancy’s main art pieces was about the formal qualities and methods to printmaking. The wall was filled with different definitions explaining the techniques and classifications, and she even included unfinished objects from the process and tools that she would use to form her craft. A few of the methods she explained were relief and intaglio. Relief is a process where the protruding surfaces of the printing plate are inked and the lower areas are ink free. On the contrary, intaglio is where the image is carved into a surface, and the carved line or indented area absorbs the ink. Those two are just a couple of the methods that she used in her artwork.
Nancy has a very complicated and somewhat dark past that guided her into the Printmaking program at CSULB. In her artist statement, she shared that she had previously been kicked out of CSULB in 1984 due to suffering grades. She also struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorders. This is a key event that influenced her printing of the various different crows scattered among the room. She related them to a crow flying away and seeking refuge at the nearest location. At the bottom of her crow prints, she labeled them with “x” miles. Nancy explained that they were miles directly from CSULB that the crow flew.
Nancy Young’s artwork really resonated with me because it was incredibly inspiring to see her return to CSULB and finally get a degree in a subject that she has fallen in love with. It got me thinking that with hard work and persistance, I can acomplish my goals and dreams no matter what gets in my path. Overall, speaking with Nancy was a great way to end the semester.