I had the chance to chat with Nancy Bruce during the exhibition opening and she actually has an art piece titled “Door” – so I had to share her work while linking up with Dan’s Thursday Doors series. You will also notice that there are many other doors appearing in her art.
Here is the flow of today’s post:
Part A: Sharing SIX art pieces from this exhibit
Part B: THEME OF SHOW & Tidbits from Nancy Bruce
Part C: Extras
PART A: SIX FEATURED WORKS
1) Art Piece Titled “DOOR”
Detail from “DOOR”
2) Art Piece Titled” DRAGONS ARE UNDER THE CASTLE”
Details from “THERE ARE DRAGONS UNDER THE CASTLE”
3) Art Piece Titled “STREET ART”
4) Art Piece Titled “A HOUSE DIVIDED”
Detail from”A HOUSE DIVIDED” (note the small houses)
5) Art Piece Titled “CONVEYOR”
Detail from “CONVEYOR”
6) Art Piece Titled “BOX CAR HOLDING TRACK”
Detail of “BOX CAR HOLDING TRACK”
PART B: ENVIRONMENTAL THEME OF SHOW
- Sometimes when we go to an art show, I have already read about the works, the theme, and the artist. This was not the case for this exhibit.
- We went to this art show rather last minute. I walked into the exhibit NOT knowing anything about the theme or artist (yup, walked right by her name). I am glad for this because it was fun to view the art without being primed.
- I first thought it was a male artist and maybe someone with a math or accounting background.
- I then thought the art was made of wood and metal and assumed it was heavy.
- There seemed to be a door/gate theme and perhaps the artist was featuring openings, community, individual stability, calming geometrics, and little mystery with details that offered us the chance to imagine our own story.
- I thought maybe the artist was showing variations of narrative – the human experience with layered duality.
- My husband noted how plain the pieces seemed at first and then the art offered more once you explored. My husband and I were in agreement on our favorite pieces. They were the sand-colored panels with pieces of nets.
- Then we met the artist. Nancy Bruce said that she did not have a background in math or accounting. There was no wood used at all; instead, the pieces were made on lightweight canvas and Nancy said that she “uses lots of recycled paper.” Nancy noted that she used “scraps from wallpaper rolls that often get discarded, or tossed into the attic, after a project is done”.
- Then we read about the exhibit and the title said a lot: “WHERE WILL WE LIVE: DWELLING ON THE FUTURE”
- Nancy Bruce is using her art to raise awareness about protecting the earth for future generations. Her show advocates caring for the environment with concerns about climate change. NO MATTER YOUR VIEWS on climate change – I think we can all agree that WE DO NEED TO BE MINDFUL to STOP polluting the earth. Everyone can do their part to make a difference. Art shows like this allow us to discuss this topic from new angles (and new planes).
TIDBITS FROM NANCY BRUCE
- Nancy moved to Richmond, VA from the Tidewater area (about 70 miles east) because her property was slowly sinking. (You can read more about her bio in the Part B section).
- She has been working on these type of art works for more than 10 years.
- Nancy said she uses large canvases as the base and then adds various items (often recycled pieces) to create the textures and shapes. The art looks heavy, but the pieces are lightweight.
- Nancy was not sure if all of her works at the show had splashes of glitter. We actually walked around to see and discovered that almost every art piece DID have a little bit of glitter. The glitter added lightness, mystique, and even a touch of pizazz to the very strong (and sometimes plain) geometrics. It was never overdone (and glitter can be overdone).
- Nancy Bruce said that her art is not that difficult to store in her home studio (because pieces are lightweight and not made of metal and wood). She noted that someone told her they did not think she could stack them along the wall, but she did. She uses spacers in between and they store very neatly.
- Nancy said that she does not always do a lot of pre-planning for her works. Sometimes she uses a ruler because she does like the sections to be even or placed a “certain way.” She shared that a patron bought a lot of her art when she had a show in Philadelphia, PA. Nancy explained, “When we went to help hang the art at the lady’s house, the lady would say, No, I want that piece a little more over there and that one needs to be down a little lower.” Nancy added that she knew EXACTLY how the lady felt because spacing and placement were important to her as well.
- In the collage below, left bottom, you can see Nancy showing us how she first mentally calculates where she wants sections to end and begin. She might then use a ruler. There is also an image of me with the artist (trying to get more photos with artists when I have the privilege of meeting them).
Nancy Bruce said that “Sometimes a work of art will come to me in a dream.” The art piece on the right in the collage below is one that came to her in a dream. (I think that art piece had a Native American feather vibe – can you see that?)
Nancy Bruce’s sister-n-law was at the show (she teaches art in PA) and she shared her thoughts on a few pieces (see collage below).
PART C: EXTRAS
Okay readers, I would normally end the post here – or offer thumbnails. However, the last time I posted about an art show (here with Klpatrick’s fabric art and here with art from AUSTIN) I had some helpful feedback and realized that some readers want the extras.
So for those of you that want to see some more examples of art from the show, this part is for you (with some more doors too). Click on the images if you want to see the larger view.
Click on the images if you want to see the larger view.