Week 15- Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: paper, ink, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

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Nancy Young is a returning to student to CSULB who will be graduating at the end of this semester. Young is currently in the BFA Printmaking Program because she was interested in the processes of different ways to make art. Young openly discussed that the reason she is a returning student to CSULB is because of the fact that she was struggling with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. However, that did not stop her from coming back and picking herself up :).

In her free time, Young enjoys spending quality time with her dogs, listening to music, and of course working on her art. Nancy currently works as a programmer for the City of Orange and does not to make a living with her art, it is simply something she enjoys to do.  She of course is going to continue making art even after she graduates.

Young’s work is inspired by personal issues. Issues like grief and loss, like the loss of her husband and of her dogs. Young’s work truly comes from her heart. Her work never comes from anything she’s seen online, no, all her work is something she seen in person, unique to her. She doesn’t paint or draw pieces for the pleasure of others, but for herself. Her media is paper for her sketches along with ink and lithostones. Her work includes a variety of techniques like photopalmer and lithography. Youngs art is very sharp yet smooth and stuck to the main theme of crows. An interesting thing about Young’s art is that she adds the miles on the bottoms of them in order of the distances she has gone, including one that was even done on campus.

Personally, I am happy to have gotten to interview an inspiring woman like Nancy. She was able to overcome all that was thrown at her and was able to come back and finish school, while working. She has beautiful pieces that represent her true emotions that have true meaning behind them. Personally, crows scare me because I seen a creepy movie about them as a kid, but everyone has a fascination with something that not everyone else does, but if you could represent yourself in an emotional way who cares what others think.