I love to get wet.
I don’t mind getting down and dirty.
I can clean up well.
And, I make art like I make soup; to share, connect, nourish and heal.
Both in the studio, as well as the kitchen, the process begins with a narrative, like the recipe handed down from generations or clipped from a favorite book.
There is always a personal story behind my work; be it about home and family, genetic breast cancer, trauma and loss, aging, or our backyard koi pond where I find healing and peace.
The materials I use to make art are eclectic; graphite, paint, nets of all sizes and types, wire, steel, paper pulp, dried plants and cast resin. Expressive lines, pattern and texture are key ingredients in my drawings, paintings and sculptures. Color may be bold and peppery or subtle and understated. A found object or a family heirloom can lead to a new series or add another layer to an existing body of work. Images, ideas and materials are woven together to create an ongoing conversation that is a prayer of gratitude for the beauty, the fragility and the grace of our lives.
Nanci Hersh’s life is her canvas. Whether she is in the studio or classroom, on the yoga mat or in the water, she is passionate about making the most of every day. Her two dimensional work as well as her sculptures and installations are examinations and celebrations of life at its best – and most challenging. It is how she make sense of the world, and connects with others.
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. She is a master teaching artist and continues to share her experience, knowledge and energy with students of all ages and abilities.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including “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 Hawaii. Nanci has received numerous honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawaii and two Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grants. Her work is included in the Public Collections of Johnson & Johnson, Herspace Breast Imaging, Leland Portland Cement, and OSI Pharmaceuticals to name a few.
She lives in beautiful Chester County, PA with her husband, two teenage sons, dogs, and her backyard koi fish pond.
For more about Nanci, click here to download her resume.