Nancy Pirri

Artist Statement

My work is about woman’s struggle to find emotional balance – which I depict using texture, expression, attitude and gesture. While every woman has strength, compassion, and an incalculable ability to endure, we also have complex roles – mother, lover, sister, friend, or wife – where our arguably weaker sex is called upon continually to put others before ourselves. Add to that societal roles calling for poise and grace… yes, the wonderfully rich subject of woman.

I work primarily in clay, a.k.a. Mother Earth, employing a variety of deliberate techniques to further enhance a sense of earthiness and antiquity. Random yet controlled applications of colored slips, glazes, and various firings including soda reduction, enhances my texture treatments, as if you could suddenly unearth them from history.

If one could see the depth and complexity of a woman plainly on her surface, would we see beauty? Would we see their scars, if we look closely enough? I let each woman tell her story through my hands.

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