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nona hershey
updated: 02/03/2011
website: nonahersheywork.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Reconnaissance
Pressure Patterns
Shared Light
Condensation
Shift
Spin
Up Front
Airborne
Sky Series # 8
Sky Series #7
Sky Series #3
No Water in Baghdad, day five
Day Dream
Untitled
Sphere
 
Portfolio Keywords:  diagrammatic, dreams, geometric, mapping, meditative, nature, pattern, spiritual, systems
 
 
Reconnaissance by nona hershey
Reconnaissance
graphite powder and painted mirror
2009
90" x  100" 
Pressure Patterns by nona hershey
Pressure Patterns
watercolor,graphite powder, chalkboard
2008
33" x  54" 
Shared Light by nona hershey
Shared Light
watercolor and graphite powder
2008
26" x  40" 
Condensation by nona hershey
Condensation
watercolor,graphite powder,gouache
2009
25 1/4" " x  51 1/4"" 
Shift by nona hershey
Shift
watercolor and graphite powder
2009
45 1/2"" x  56 3/4"" 
Spin by nona hershey
Spin
graphite powder,gouache,wooden shelf mixed media
2009
28"" x  52 1/2"" 
Up Front by nona hershey
Up Front
watercolor,graphite powder, mixed media
2009
30 1/2" " x  46"" 
Airborne by nona hershey
Airborne
graphite powder and styrofoam
2009
26"" x  44"" 
Sky Series # 8 by nona hershey
Sky Series # 8
watercolor, graphite powder, gouache
2009
18" x  16" 
Sky Series #7 by nona hershey
Sky Series #7
graphite powder
2009
18" x  16" 
Sky Series #3 by nona hershey
Sky Series #3
graphite powder
2009
18 " x  16" 
No Water in Baghdad, day five by nona hershey
No Water in Baghdad, day five
watercolor,graphite powder and acrylic
2007
24" x  52" 
Day Dream by nona hershey
Day Dream
Graphite Powder, enamel paint, etched glass
2010
30"" x  38""  x 1"" 
Untitled by nona hershey
Untitled
Graphite powder and gouache
2010
16" " x  12"" 
Sphere by nona hershey
Sphere
Graphite powder, watercolor and gouache
2010
33"" x  39.5"" 

Artist Statement
My work is an attempt to grasp the ephemeral and is about the dichotomous aspect of illusion. From a distance the drawings appear meticulously rendered yet they are actually loose, abstract markings. They are primarily black and white - the impersonal language of documentation and yet, purportedly also of intimate dreams. I want to evoke the contemplation of our relation to the vastness of the sky. The weather mapping represents our long standing attempt to measure and control forces larger than ourselves.These diagrammatic lines reiterate the static artificiality of the flat picture plane and yet enhance the illusion of ever shifting clouds behind the pictorial frame.

Since the beginning of time, clouds have represented uncertainty. Clouds have represented the wrath of gods; the beneficent containers of rain; the boundary between this world, and the mystery beyond.  Clouds have caused and witnessed instability and power within and beyond their control.

My drawing tools are cotton balls imbued with differing amounts of graphite powder, which I rub on to the paper slowly. Touch is paramount. This gradual, incremental process is an ongoing inventive dialogue as tones become shapes and shapes appear to be clouds, animated by the character of their edges. My goal is to suggest air, light and movement.  

Artist Bio / CV
Numerous solo exhibitions include those at Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY; Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Galleria Il Ponte, Rome, Italy; Miller Block Gallery and Soprafina Gallery, Boston. Residency grants include the Asillah Forum Foundation, Morocco; the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; the Ucross Foundation, WY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Vermont Studio Center, and twice at the MacDowell Colony, NH. Hershey taught at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy for 12 years and at Temple University’s Tokyo program for one year. Since September 1993, Ms. Hershey has been Professor and Coordinator of the Printmaking Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Grant in 2004 and a Somerville Arts Council Grant in 2008.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS                  
Biblioteca Municipale di Como, Italy            
Biblioteca Municipale di Piacenza, Italy        
Boston Public Library                  
Calcografia Nazionale, Roma, Italy                      
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington,DC      
Crakow National Museum, Poland          
Davidson College, NC                          
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, CT  
Duke Museum of Art, NC                      
Fogg Art Museum, MA                  
Free Library of Philadelphia, PA          
Georgetown University, Washington, DC          
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge,MA  
Library of Congress, Washington,DC          
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester,NY          
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY          
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul          
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museo Civico, Piacenza, Italy
Museo Municipale de Artes Graficas, Caracas,Venezuela  
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art, Yugoslavia
Yale University Art Gallery, CT  
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ