NANCY AZARA

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
My work is carved, assembled and painted wood often gilded with gold and silver leaf and encaustic as well as mixed media collages. The mixed media collages, mylar, paper, paint and sometimes wood chips, are about time in relation to memory and personal history. Curator, critic Leonie Bradbury describes them as mixed media collage drawings seamlessly combining a contemporary printmaker’s aesthetic with organic mark making.

I have been carving sculpture in wood for a long time. It has felt like a good “fit” for me as I have always admired trees and I often, even as a child, felt that they held a metaphor for my experience of life. Most recently my work has been about the cycle of time, about the death of my mother, about the birth of my granddaughter, and my own aging.

I recently exhibited my work in the following one person exhibitions: I am the Vine, You are the Branches at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights, NY; Of leaves and vines . . . A shifting braid of lines . . . at SACI Gallery in Florence, Italy and in recent group exhibitions: Allegory of Leaves at New Jersey State University; Atwater Art Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY; Pseudo Empire, Brooklyn, NY; Gallery Sensei, NYC; Scripps College in Claremont, CA and at the Asya Geisberg Gallery in Chelsea, NY. Earlier one woman exhibitions: Donahue/Sosinski Art, the Andre Zarre and A.I.R. Galleries in New York City, the Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery in Clemson, N.C., the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center in Duluth, Georgia and group shows such as the traveling Rutgers’ University exhibition, How American Women Artists Invented Post-Modernism. I was the featured sculptor at the SANYI Museum, exhibition NANCY AZARA in Taiwan in 2008.

Essay by Rose Tisane Merill, 2013
Essay by Lily Wei, 2011

www.nancyazara.com

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