Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nancy Pirri ~ Contour

Next Saturday, May 5th, Natural Elements Salon will be hosting a reception from 6-9pm for Nancy Pirri as she presents "contour". Pirri has been included in numerous exhibitions, as well as presenting work at the recent "... Art of Human Rights" event to benefit Heartland Alliance. Her figurative sculptures incorporate  beautiful symbolic patinas. Pirri explains:
The theme of my work is about woman’s struggle to find emotional balance. Each one of us is born with strength, compassion, and the incalculable ability to endure, fulfilling complex roles as mother, daughter, sister, friend, lover or wife, where we are called upon continually to put others before ourselves. Add to that society’s expectations, calling for poise and grace, the women I create openly reveal themselves, showing depth, emotion, and even scars from past experiences. Using texture, expression, attitude and gesture, I primarily sculpt in clay, a.k.a. Mother Earth. I employ 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, further enhance these textures, as if you could suddenly unearth them from history.
Nancy Pirri's exhibition continues through June 5th. The Natural Elements Salon is located at 2212 North Lincoln Ave., in Chicago. Check out Pirri's web site at: and link to her blog for additional updates.

Nancy Pirri was born in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Chicago, IL. She has dabbled in every art form since childhood, discovering clay to be her true passion in 1991. She just finished a solo show titled “Reflection,” in Lafayette, IN, followed by a 3-person show at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, IL with Pop Artist, Peter Mars and Urban Artist, Erik DeBat. Pirri received an Honorable Mention award from the Rockford Art Museum for her printmaking on clay work. She exhibits at many different venues including galleries, charity auctions, private homes, and group shows. Nancy Pirri is represented by Studio b in Three Oaks, Michigan.

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