Wk 16 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young
Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Metal, Wood, Printing, Sand
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Nancy Young is currently a programer for the County of Orange. Back when she was in CSULB, she had an issue of substance abuse and was placed on probation, was working, and had the struggle of being bipolar. She ended up taking a long break from school until she decided to go back and get her degree. Currently she enjoys working on her art, listening to music, and taking care of her dog.
Most of Nancy’s works are the illustration of crows. Since a lot of her art pieces are printed, the color black is a common factor in each of her pieces. Silver, dreary grays, and neutral colors also are themes in her style. While the outer layers of the works appear smooth, the actual images are presented in a rough, cold atmosphere.
I believe that Nancy’s exhibition of the crow is meant to reflect herself as a person. Having the issues of substance abuse and the difficulties of being bi polar during her educational years, Nancy had to drop out with failing grades. The crow represents her attempts to find places where she belongs, rushing around empty looking areas for things that interest her and just for a place to clear her mind. As she has now hopefully resolved her issues, she can now reflect upon her past with positivity.
Synthesis / My Experience
I found Nancy’s work to be comforting because I understand the obstacles of her past. While I myself am very fortunate to not have those issues, I believe everyone has a moment in their life where they question if they are in the best place for them or if they belong somewhere else. For most of my life I had wanted to move to Ireland. The weather, the people, and the lifestyle just seemed so much more appealing to me because I did not enjoy the place I was at in the moment. However, after meeting my friends and growing attached I have had fear of leaving because I now had something to lose. Yet again, in this world where time changes, sometimes you have to just do whats best for you, explore, get a taste of what you’re missing, and see if this is really the world that you want to spend the rest of your life in. Sometimes you must spread your wings and fly.