Evolving into Place

Evolving into Place

As with most of my work, the Net sculptures are an intuitive or visceral response to an emotional state or experience.

Net sculpture at White Clay Creek Preserve, one of my favorite places to walk the dogs and hike with family and friends. Photo:NanciHersh

Net sculpture at White Clay Creek Preserve, one of my favorite places to walk the dogs and hike with family and friends. Photo:NanciHersh

The first of the small sculptures made of wire, paper pulp and encaustic came into being after we moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania several years ago, inspired by a dream about butterfly nets. They became vessels to hold, filter and find meaning in the minutiae, and flotsam and jetsam of our lives. Now, they serve as a respite and a place for contemplation and healing.

Nanci Hersh - Sculpture

Now, in 2016 I am bringing the outside into my Nets, creating gardens and sacred spaces. In this one here, the cabbage, yarrow and moss are nestled within a birds nest made of twigs and cotton I found walking my dogs. Photo: Christian Kaye

They continue to evolve through time and place, two reoccurring themes that play out in both my two and three dimensional work. They also are a reminder that with art, as in life, we can find beauty and grace when we are mindful and connect to where we are on our path.

5 Comments

  1. Liza
    November 16, 2016

    Beautiful! I love the ones in the forest! Shadows are marvelous!

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    • Nanci Hersh
      November 17, 2016

      Thank you Liza- I am always drawn to the shadows as they are part of the experience, fleeting and beautiful

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  2. Cathy Bennett
    November 17, 2016

    Nancy I love these vessels….wish you were here to teach a class. I just love the placement in the forest. And as a beautiful holder for the plants!

    Love you, miss you,
    Cathy

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    • Nanci Hersh
      November 17, 2016

      It would be so fun to teach a class in New Mexico Cathy! You never know…. would love to see and work with you.

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      • Cathy Bennett
        November 17, 2016

        You can always come in the summer and we can use my house for a workshop….I know others who would be interested.
        Hugs

        Reply

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