Greve Series/ Tuscan Spring, a set on Flickr.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Nancy Azara's carved and painted wood sculpture is updated with silver and gold gilt, red pigment, and made more ancient with family handprints and spirals that suggest pre-historic petroglyphs and cave paintings. Using Ojibwe elements and her personal spirituality, Azara carves her personal stories and symbols into the wood, finding in the totem tradition inspiration to make her own multi-panel works.
Sept. 12-Oct.19, 2013
Asya Geisberg Gallery
537 B West 23rd St., NYC
Nancy's Statement about the work:
Four Gold Feathers:From the Eagle
This sculpture, assembled, carved, painted and gilded wood is inspired by traditional totems, especially those of Native American artists, so that it is about family, present and past, about nature and its relationship to healing and about a wisdom gleaned from a spiritual reach into the unknown.
I have chosen an eagle feather to be central to this work. Eagles fly the highest in the sky and are revered because of this. The four feathers are from one feather, traced and carved into old barn wood and gilded with gold leaf, four times for the four directions. This eagle feather was given to me by an Ojibway artist friend many years ago. It has since been a talisman for me and hangs in an honored place in my studio.
Tibetan Buddhist master Pema Chodron writes "All of us are eagles who have forgotten how to fly." This sculpture evokes this desire, communicating with the eagle trying to remember "how to fly."
Central to the work is a vibrant red leaf from a catalpa tree at the "heart."
Below that are family history masks, one imposed upon the other like individual Etruscan death masks all together, ancestors in a stack, one layered over the other, all my relations.
In Four Gold Feathers there are also fertility symbols such as seed forms; a spiral, a vision quest to somewhere; and a link to the future with my granddaughter's hands, traced and carved into the silvery whitish tall posts which frame the work on either side, some in dark shadow, some in shrouded light, and one gilded with gold like the feathers.
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NEW FALL WORKSHOPS
Mixed Media Workshop with National Artist Nancy Azara at the Duluth Art Institute
Call 218-723-1310 or 218-733-7560 to register!
Visual Diaries: Surrounded by Possibilities
Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23
$200 ($240 non-members)
Nancy is back with all NEW meditations and techniques to help you embrace your creative mind; still plenty to learn for even those who experienced her workshop last year. Use meditation, discussion, painting, and collage to develop a visual diary from ideas, new visions, shadows from the past and hopes for the future. For visual artists of all media, these methods of engaging your creative self will surely help to inspire your work in a new direction. Nancy Azara is an artist who has exhibited her sculpture and collages in New York City, where she currently lives, and throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work is carved, assembled, and painted wood along with mixed media collages that reflect subjects about time in relation to memory and personal history. She has written a book, “Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art.” As much about the process as it is the final product of the visual diary, this workshop will help you realize that full artistic potential you have waiting inside.
Concerns of the Heart, Expanding your Heart Center
Dialogue about love and compassion; combining meditation with artmaking
Thursday, November 10th, 6-9pm
Nancy's Studio, Franklin St., Tribeca
For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Azara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited space available.
Nancy Azara is a sculptor whose work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art In America, Art Forum, and Sculpture Magazine, and has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, (Red Wheel Weiser).