Nancy Willis

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Nancy Willis

Napa Valley-based painter and printmaker Nancy Willis explores themes of intimacy and social connection in her artistic practice by creating series, such as The Bed, RSVP, The Chandelier, and Terrain. With paint or printing ink, Willis uses an additive and subtractive process to explore how color, light, and atmosphere can instill meaning and evoke a sense of place. 

“The icons of daily rituals can be found weaving through the physical, emotional, and social landscapes that I create across paint, printmaking, and video mediums. The Bed, The Dinner Party, The Terrain, and The Chandelier become the subjects of a series. My work explores themes of intimacy and social connection and is instilled with a sense of place.

I work in both small and large scale to reflect the intimacy of a moment within a larger public space. I work between ambiguity and specificity through an additive and subtractive processes. I want the work to reflect how memory can erode, revise, or distill experience into record. My work is like an event, a representation of something I noticed; the light, a feeling or place where I can enter a dialogue with the viewer. That dialogue may be the prompting of a memory, an invitation to look at something familiar in a new way, or a fleeting glance of recognition.”

 

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