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Nancy Blum
updated: 12/21/2009
website: www.nancyblum.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Frenzy_detail, left side
Frenzy
Nirvana_detail
Nirvana
Tip(detail)
Tip
Billow(detail)
Billow
Buds & Flowers
Buds & Flowers (detail)
Small Botanicals (installation of 75)
Mushrooms (detail)
Mushrooms
5 Dogwoods (detail)
5 Dogwoods
 
Portfolio Keywords:  erotic, pattern, fantasy, gender/sexuality, geometric, illustration, nature, obsessive, optical, organic
 
 
Frenzy_detail, left side by Nancy Blum
Frenzy_detail, left side
ink and colored pencil on paper
2006
48" x  108" 
Frenzy by Nancy Blum
Frenzy
ink and colored pencil on paper
2006
48" x  108" 
Nirvana_detail by Nancy Blum
Nirvana_detail
Ink and colored pencil on paper
2006
48" x  96" 
Nirvana  by Nancy Blum
Nirvana
ink and colored pencil on paper
2006
48" x  96" 
Tip(detail) by Nancy Blum
Tip(detail)
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2007
48" x  38" 
Tip  by Nancy Blum
Tip
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2007
48" x  38" 
Billow(detail) by Nancy Blum
Billow(detail)
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2007
48" x  38" 
Billow  by Nancy Blum
Billow
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2007
48" x  38" 
Buds & Flowers by Nancy Blum
Buds & Flowers
paint, resin, aluminum, steel
2003
144 " x  216"  x 6" 
Buds & Flowers (detail) by Nancy Blum
Buds & Flowers (detail)
paint, resin, aluminum, steel
2003
144 " x  216"  x 6" 
Small Botanicals (installation of 75) by Nancy Blum
Small Botanicals (installation of 75)
ink and graphite on paper
2003-2006
14 " x  11 each" 
Mushrooms (detail) by Nancy Blum
Mushrooms (detail)
ink on paper
2004
39" x  76" 
Mushrooms   by Nancy Blum
Mushrooms
ink on paper
2004
39" x  76" 
5 Dogwoods (detail) by Nancy Blum
5 Dogwoods (detail)
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2005
48" x  136" 
5 Dogwoods   by Nancy Blum
5 Dogwoods
ink, colored pencil, graphite and gouache on paper
2005
48" x  136" 

Artist Statement
As an artist I work in both sculptural and two-dimensional mediums. My drawings depict the intensity, autonomy and mystery of the natural world. Each piece offers a ground in which lush, active plant life sprawls unpredictably across the page. Building layer upon layer of line and color, the space becomes dense with energy and activity. When one looks into the drawing, the looking is rewarded by multiple moments of visual complexity. Drawing from both Eastern and Western visual cultures, Chinese plum blossoms mingle with Germanic botanical renderings; spirographs add a pseudo scientific, techno-reference and all combine to create a thriving utopia. The drawings are robustly erotic, like the flower itself, purporting a sexuality that is simultaneously male and female. As a natural response to the obsessive qualities of line and repetition, I want the act of looking to seduce the observer into meditation. The underlying intention is to create a trance like rhythm that makes the looking experiential.

Artist Bio / CV
Education MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI BA, University of Michigan/The Residential College, Ann Arbor, MI Solo Exhibitions 2007 Recent Work, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA Drawing and Sculpture, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006 Nature Unbound, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2005 Drawings, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA On-Site Artist Projects, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA 2004 New Work, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2002 Recent Work, Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA 2000 New Work: Drawings and Sculpture, Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA 1999 Wall Project, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ 1998 Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID Grants & Fellowships 2006 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, New York, NY 2004 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship Grant, NY, NY /Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA 2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY Fellowship, Special Editions, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY Public -Art Commissions 2004 MTA Arts for Transit: commission for artwork at Metro-North train station, Dobbs Ferry Station, NY Charlotte Area Transit System: commission for artwork at transit stations, Charlotte, NC 2001 Port of Seattle: artwork for the South Terminal, Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA Seattle Arts Commission, City of Seattle, Manhole Cover Design, Seattle, WA Select Two Person and Group Exhibitions 2007 Three Person Exhibition, Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA Bridge Art Fair, (Romo Gallery), Chicago, IL Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, Maine 2006 The Drawing Show, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX Garden, Visual Art Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA Takeout, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and the Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY