Nancy Azara

Nancy Azara
Last Name: Azara
First Name: Nancy
Country: United States
City: New York
Art Form: Sculpture
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Statement

My sculpture is carved, assembled and highly painted wood often with gold and silver leaf and encaustic. The wood, the paint and the layers that make up the sculpture record a journey of memory, images and ideas. I have been carving in wood for many years because I love trees. 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. To an extent my work has always been about the unseen and the unknown, a constant in my artwork; most recently, about the cycle of time, about the death of my mother, about the birth of my granddaughter and my own aging.

Biography

Nancy Azara is an artist who has exhibited her sculpture and collages in New York City throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work is carved, assembled and painted wood often gilded with gold and silver leaf and encaustic as well as mixed media collages. Her 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.

Nancy speaks about her sculpture: 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.

She just returned from an exhibition at the SACI Gallery in Florence, Italy and a residency at La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Chianti, Italy. She had a solo show at the Andre Zarre Gallery in Chelsea, NY and has had numerous one woman exhibitions at Donahue/Sosinski Art and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, at the Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, the SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery in Clemson, N.C., the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center in Duluth, Georgia and many group shows such as the traveling Rutger’s University exhibition How American Women Artists Invented Post-Modernism, 2006. She was the featured sculptor at the SANYI Museum in Taiwan in 2008 and had solo exhibitions at the Gaga Arts Center, and Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2010 and 2011. She has been reviewed by Janet Koplos in Art in America, Holland Cotter in The New York Times as well as in Sculpture Magazine, Women’s Art Journal, and others.

Azara has written a book, Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art (Red Wheel/Weiser) and an essay, “In Pursuit of the Divine” for The Kensington and Winchester Papers: Painting, Sculpture and the Spiritual Dimension, (Onerios Books). She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she was on the board and taught a workshop called “Consciousness Raising, Visual Diaries, Art Making” for many years. She has been a visiting artist in both the United States, Europe, and India, most recently at the Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa, Italy and at Chikraneketan in South India (state of Kerala).

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Events

Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
10016
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
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