Nancy Gruskin, Tulips As Big As My Hand #8, 2020
acrylic gouache on panel
24 x 30"
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Nancy Gruskin + Jordan Kessler: What We Had On Hand
August 1 - 22, 2020
Working from home is nothing new for me. My studio is on the second floor of my house and my surroundings and family figure prominently in my work. Still, this period of isolation and uncertainty has had its effect. The paintings in this series come from an urge to escape—to escape both the headlines of the day and the concept of narrative painting. There’s no overt story told. The compositions are improvised and imagined, although the forms reference objects I live with every day. The wood cut-outs were originally envisioned as slabs of glazed clay, but the closure of the ceramics studio precipitated a change in materials. Throughout the work, there is a common thread of humanity and growth; potential during unsettling times.
NANCY GRUSKIN, Tulips As Big As My Hand #8
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Nancy Gruskin (b. 1968) lives and works in Concord, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. Gruskin’s work emerges from her everyday experiences and is based on a combination of direct observation, invention, and memory. She represents the people and objects around her through an exploration of shape and color.
Gruskin has shown in numerous galleries including Galatea Fine Art in Boston, Able Baker Contemporary in Portland, Maine, Art at Kings Oaks in Pennsylvania, and the Bowery, First Street and Prince Street Galleries in New York City. She teaches painting, collage, and digital drawing at the Concord Center for the Visual Arts.