Find Nancy on the web at: www.nancycoleman.com
and on Instagram: @nancy.coleman
My work is about encouraging others to see things differently- whether through a lens, with paints, with wax, or assembling bits and pieces to re-create whatever shows up at my fingertips. I think my broad experimentation with a variety of subjects through a myriad of mediums is intrinsic to my always trying to figure out what life is all about: where is the center, what is of fundamental value, am I worthy, what is the meaning – if there is any meaning at all. I am grateful to be alive and grateful to be able to make art to express it.
Making art, and just "making" is such an intrinsic part of my being. I enjoy playing in a variety of mediums...painting, encaustic, mixed media, textiles, photography. I like inventing techniques, such as my Painted Text Weaving – using layers and layers of hand-painted cursive text to evoke a feeling in the viewer about the text with the right side of the brain, rather than reading it with the left side. When working with encaustic, I push the technique to become more sculptural and also use it to encase layers of text weaving. Currently I am working in textiles and then embedding them in acrylic medium so they almost look like they are frozen in space. Change, experimentation, invention – it's all about being creative – but most importantly it must come from the heart. Indeed, I resonate with the definition of Visionary Art as described by the American Visionary Art Museum in Boston:
"Visionary art ... refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training,
whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. In
short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be
thought of as 'art' by its creator."
My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and venues throughout Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Los Angeles, and New York, and is a permanent part of the city collections of Seattle, Palo Alto and City of Seatac, as well as in private homes and offices in both hemispheres. I enjoyed my partnership in a fine art photography gallery in Half Moon Bay CA; facilitated art workshops for four years at Harborview Medical Center in the psych and rehab units; served on the Palo Alto Public Art Commission, leaving as Chair in 2011; and was one of the founding photographers of a teaching studio in Silicon Valley.
Just a few painters who inspire me are Paula Scher, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, Basquiat, Jasper Johns, and Roberto Matta.