Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: printmaking, linoleum, wood, ink, paint, litho stone
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: (no website)
Instagram: (no Instagram)

Nancy Young is an undergraduate student in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program here at Cal State Long Beach. She actually had her own gallery, since she applied for it by presenting a proposal. Nancy was very excited to tell us that she recently turned her final project in and shared there are various types of printmaking of which fascinate her very much. She, however, does not want to make a living off of art and instead wants to continue to focus on her main job as a programmer for the county of Orange. Although Nancy does enjoy printmaking, she loves her job involving database work. When she is not working on her art, Nancy likes to listen to music and spend time with her dogs. She shared with us that she wants to get more dogs, since she wants her current dog to have a friend and not be lonely anymore. Nancy actually was a student at Cal State Long Beach in 1984. However, it took her a long time to get her education due to substance abuse and bipolar issues. She explained how new projects dig up new knowledge as to how it was back then. Nancy went to various workshops in Santa Ana, Irvine, and San Pedro. She likes to take photographs so that she has her own source material and is not a fan of taking pictures off of the internet. Her inspiration is that the exhibition is like a bookmark for her life and her work explores the ideas from her personal life.

Nancy’s artwork looks pretty simple when you first glance at it. However, once you take a closer look, you will observe that her pieces actually contain a lot of very small details. Although her art does contain a variety of colors, such as black, blue, and red, the colors are not very bright. Instead of the artwork being full of very bold and bright colors, like most of the past artwork from earlier exhibitions, Nancy’s artwork involves more washed-out shades of blue and green. There are both rough and smooth textures present throughout her pieces, due to how her process includes carving onto linoleum plates.

Nancy expressed how she chose to title her exhibition, “As The Crow Flies,” since each piece of art references a place she has traveled. She carved into linoleum plates and then covered the parts with blue tape that she didn’t want to include in her project. As I mentioned previously, Nancy takes all the pictures herself and does not like to just take pictures off of the internet, since she wants to expose her own inspiration and is afraid she will draw the same inspiration as others if she used pictures from online. The type of printmaking she does is not as toxic as other types of printmaking and each piece of art is placed in the gallery based on the distance from Cal State Long Beach. She was highly influenced by her personal life and explored ideas from various topics, such as her past issues with substance abuse and the death of her husband. This exhibition symbolized Nancy’s journey of finally getting to the point of being able to finish school and was a pleasant bookmark in her life.

I found Nancy’s story to be fascinating. I appreciated the fact that she was willing to share so much personal information about herself, since in the past other artists have not been as eager to disclose this type of information. It was incredibly inspiring how even though Nancy has experienced so many tragic events, she was able to overcome these tragedies to ultimately share her story to others through her artwork in “As The Crow Flies.” I resonated with Nancy very much, due to her personal struggles. Many times it can be very difficult to continue to pursue the tasks you are passionate about. However, Nancy is one of the many examples of how it is very important to not allow tragedies to take over your life and instead use them to make yourself a stronger and more powerful human being.

Artist Tag: > Dutzi-Gallery


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