Glossario
 
world artist
Nancy Pirri

Chicago, Illinois USA
Chicago (Stati Uniti)

tel. 773-576-3378
email: nancyp@npgraphx.com
web: www.npgraphx.com
  Opere
 


Blue Lady
sculpture on  ceramics,  14.5 cm, 2000

 


Diana
sculpture on  ceramics,  20 cm, 2002

 


Four Sisters
sculpture on  ceramics,  18 cm, 2000

 


Nature Torso
sculpture on  ceramics,  16.5H x 8.5W x 4.5D cm, 2002

 


Woman Torso
sculpture on  ceramics,  21 cm, 2001

 

 

Biography:

Artist's Statement


I am inspired by women… their beauty, their movement, especially their shapes and silhouettes. Bringing the curvaceous nature of the female body forward, I create works that are both sensual and enticing. Sharp angles are seamlessly integrated with sensual curves in my "Sister Series." The Surface is emphasized using a variety of thickly applied slips and glazes resulting in rough and uneven textures. This rawness and antiquity is also reflected in my new series "Glamour Girls", using the printmaking on clay and slip to slip techniques. Continuing my obsession with clay and shapes, coil built ancient vessels are created with imagery of World War II Pinup Girls coupled with sensory adjectives.




Explanation of Soda Firing:

Soda Firing constantly intrigues me, specifically because of its random, uncontrollable flashes of color and orange peel surface. The finish is formed from the chemical reactions with the elements of the clay body itself. Soda Firing uses a mixture of baking soda, soda ash, woodchips, and whiting. This solution is added to the kiln at the hottest point of reduction (2,300 degrees!) and then vaporized producing atmospheric effects such as flashes of color, a characteristic orange peel surface, and glaze-like finishes. It is uncontrollable and random, which enhances the creative process for me.

Image Transfer Process: A photocopy is made with a copier - usually the copiers that work best are the older ones. The ink is created using a specific formula... oil-based transparent ink mixed with mason stains, and loosened with easy wipe compound. Gum Arabic is flooded onto the photocopy which adheres to the toner. This is followed by four or five steps, interchanging with water -- which is sponged off -- then inked (rolled on with a brayer) interchanging each action four or five times. (we have coined the phrase 'spongeworthy' when you finally achieve the aeroplane-like, forearm action). The water removes the ink that does not adhere to the toner. The image is then burnished onto the clay at the greenware stage, usually with a wooden spoon but a porcelein door knob works even better.

Slip to Slip Technique: A true printmaker I have become! and have recently learned that images are 'crisper' using this technique. First you expose your images onto a silkscreen. I try to get as many images on one screen as possible. Using water-based ink mixed with mason stains, images are silkscreened onto paper... usually newsprint works or photocopy paper. Cut out the image, slip it with white porcelein or colored slips and/or underglazes...Then slip the section of your piece either with the same slip you used on your image or if you don't want a background, you would use clay slip (water mixed with clay body). Then burnish, blow dry until paper is completely dry, dab with wet sponge and peel off the paper.


Curriculum vitae:

Education:
Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL - 1991-Present
The Richard MacDonald Workshop Series - Monterey, CA - October, 2002
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL - 1985-1987
BA, University of Iowa, Studio Art, Iowa City, IA - 1985 Graduate


Gallery Representation:
Studio b ~ Three Oaks, MI ~ 2004-Present (Seasonal)


Exhibitions/Shows:
Lillstreet Art Center ~ "Conversations in Clay" ~ Group Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ October, 2008
Woman Made Gallery ~ "Member Show" ~ Juried Group Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ August, 2008
Palette & Chisel ~ "Tre Femme" ~ Group Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ May-June, 2008
Studio b ~ Three Oaks, MI ~ "Water Works" Opening ~ May, 2008 ~ Season 4 as House Artist ~ April-December, 2008
Woman Made Gallery ~ "Clay and Fiber" ~ Juried Group Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ April-May, 2008
Art Against Aids Silent Auction/Charity Event ~ Group Show ~ River East Art Center ~ Chicago, IL ~ February, 2008
Art Against Aids Preview Exhibition ~ Juried Group Show ~ Gallery 180 ~ Chicago, IL ~ January-February, 2008
The Bottle Shop ~ Wilmette, IL ~ January-February, 2008
Woman Made Gallery ~ "The Commercial Woman" ~ Juried Group Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ January-February, 2008
Studio b Holiday Show ~ Group Show ~ John Hancock Bldg., Chicago, IL ~ December, 2007
Empty Bowls Project ~ Lillstreet Art center ~ Chicago, IL ~ December 2007
Takohl Designs Ltd ~ 2-person show - Chicago, IL ~ October, 2007
Lill Street Gallery ~ Lill Street Member Show ~ Chicago, IL ~ August, 2007
Highland Park Art Walk - A juried exhibition of artwork displayed in Highland Park merchant windows, May-June, 2007
Studio B - Season Opening - Three Oaks, MI - April, 2007 (season is thru December, 2007)
Gallery 57 - Group Show - Highwood, IL - March-April, 2007
Studio b Holiday Show - Group Show - John Hancock Bldg., Chicago, IL - December, 2006
Mud & Water - 2 Person Show - Private Home, Lincolnshire, IL - October, 2006
Ravenswood Art Walk - Cornelia Arts Center and Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL - October, 2006
Studio b - Grand Opening of Second Season - Three Oaks, MI - April, 2006
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Received an Art Community Service Award - Chicago, IL - April, 2006
Manipulated Mud - Group Show - Gallery 203, Chicago, IL - March, 2006
Studio b CHICAGO - Group Show - John Hancock Bldg., Chicago, IL - December, 2005
Art Straight Up - Solo show - Chicago, IL - September, 2005
Grand Opening - Studio b - Three Oaks, MI - June, 2005
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - March, 2005
Gallery 203 Art Show - Group Show - Chicago, IL - March, 2005
Art Show 2004 - 2 Person Show - Private Home, Lincolnshire, IL - October, 2004
Women Equals Strength - Soul Café - 2 Person Show - Chicago, IL - September, 2004
4th Annual Gross Park Sculpture Invitational - Rejectamenta - Group Show - May, 2004
Lill Street Advanced Student Show - Group Show/8 Students - Chicago, IL - May, 2004
Takohl Designs Ltd - Garden of Eden - 2-person show - Chicago, IL - February, 2004
Salon 1800 Grand Opening - 2-person show - Chicago, IL - January, 2004
Tasteful Art (Art Walk) - 2-person show - Chicago, IL - September, 2003
The World Needs a Good Superhero These Days - 4th Annual Gross Park Sculpture Invitational - Group Show - May, 2003
Art Show 2003 - Home of Steve and Nicole - Chicago, IL - July, 2003
Artistically Armitage (Art Walk - 2-person show) - Chicago, IL - October, 2002
Giostra for the Home - 2-Person Show - Chicago, IL - September, 2002
Postcard Show - Juried - Wood Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden - Chicago, IL - June, 2002
Strictly Sculpture - Mars Gallery - Chicago, IL (Curator) - March, 2002
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - January, 2002
Kalas/Pirri Art - Private Home - Lincolnshire, IL - November, 2001
Pulcheria Arte, Piacenza, Italy - Juried - September, 2001
Woman Made Gallery - 8th Annual Juried Member Show, Chicago, IL - August, 2001
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - January, 2001
Dix Art Mix - Chicago, IL - April, 2000
Friends of the Arts Annual Juried Figure Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - October, 2000
Friends of the Arts Annual Juried Figure Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - October, 1999
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - January, 1999
Friends of the Arts Annual Member Show - Cornelia Arts Center, Chicago, IL - January, 1998

Charity Events ~ Sculpture Donations
Art Against Aids ~ Chicago, IL ~ February, 2008
Make-a-Wish Foundation ~ Chicago, IL ~ October, 2007
Columbia College ~ Scholarship Benefit ~ Chicago, IL ~ July, 2007
Rock For Kids ~ Chicago, IL ~ April 2005/April 2006
Hurricane Katrina Benefit for Relief Efforts ~ Three Oaks, MI ~ October, 2005
Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization ~ May, 2005
Art Against Aids ~ Chicago, IL ~ February, 2005

Member:
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL www.womanmade.org
Friends of the Arts, Chicago, IL www.FOTA.com
218ac - Pulcheria Arte, Piacenza, Italy www.218ac.it
Babele Art World Artists ~ Italy www.babelearte.net
Saatchi Gallery, London, England www.saatchigallery.com
www.myartspace.com
www.artanddesignonline.com
www.artworldchicago.com

 

Ultimo aggiornamento: giovedì 5 Giugno 2008
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