Nancy Carman’s art is a contemporary take on traditional ceramic painted pottery and figurine tableaus. The work that the Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired, Possible Moons, a teapot form, and Drift, a surrealistic narrative sculpture, are evocative of magical fetish objects and the poetic symbolism of dreams.
The rectangular shape of the Possible Moons teapot and pitched roof of the lid suggest the image of a house, amplified on one side by a doorway from which a figure emerges. The moon phases, crossing the handle/canopy, indicate passage of time — the teapot handle representing the sky. Following down the other side of the form, a figure flies through the air (water). Ribbons (of thought) connect the parts, flowing through the form: male and female, embryo and child.
Perhaps more enigmatic, Drift’s images of separation of parts (where the dog head/mask can literally be removed from its human figure) are meditations on mind/body, the singular nature of the individual and our territorial impulses.
Name: Nancy Carman
Place of Birth: Tucson, Arizona
University of Washington, Seattle, WA – M.F.A. ceramics, 1976
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA – ceramic focus, 1974
University of California Davis, Davis, CA – B.A. studio art, 1972
Significant or special training:
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA – Desktop Publishing/Computer Graphics, DP/CG certificate, 1994
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Roy DeForest, Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, Jose Arguellos, John Buck, Manual Neri, Joan Brown, Richard Shaw, Bob Rasmussen, Ed Blackburn, Richard Notkin, Howard Kottler, Patti Warashina, Viola Frey, Helen Drutt
Particular field of study or class work:
Fine Arts ceramic sculpture
Major influences/admired artists:
Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Medieval, African, Asian art; Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch; Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, James Joyce; Ron Nagle
Favorite materials or media:
Low fire white clay, underglazes, pencils, adobe illustrator
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