“I am interested in the transformative power of the creative process. Gestural lines, fragmented patterns and assorted textures are the threads of my work which create a space for the confluence of memory, time and place. The overarching theme of my work is a narrative drawn from personal history, my meditation and spiritual practice, community engagement and interest in the mysteries of the Universe.
The energy and emotions of love and loss, both letting go and losing, are interwoven and explored with ink, paint, graphite, collage materials and found objects. A visceral and tactile layering of fluid and entangled lines, reflections and shadows are part of an ongoing conversation to afford the tangible and intangible to coexist and to embrace our interconnectedness along the way.”
Nanci Hersh is a contemporary mixed-media artist whose work is informed by the experiences, relationships and places in her life. Her two-dimensional work, as well as her sculptures and installations, are poetic explorations of the grace, beauty and fragility of our lives.
Nanci is also an illustrator, educator, arts advocate and former Executive Director of the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including “50 States/200 Artists” at the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM, “Eons Beyond the Rib” at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, “Navigation Puzzle” at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, “Paper Work” at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and “The Demoiselles Revisited” at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, NYC, along with solo exhibitions in PA, NJ, DE, and HI. Nanci has received numerous honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawai’i, and three Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grants. Her work is included in the Public Collections of Museum of Encaustic Art, Johnson & Johnson, Leland Portland Cement, and OSI Pharmaceuticals to name a few.
With her cousin and author, Ellen McVicker, Nanci illustrated and co-created the children’s book Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids. Now in its 8th printing, the book has sold over 15,000 copies and is a resource and comfort to children and their families around the world.
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