Meet the Artist: Nancy Valle
Continuing the countdown to Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years, this artist’s bio and artist statement (or inspiration) describes and expands upon the art theory of ‘Push Pull’ in painting or ‘creating the illusion of depth and movement’. In fact, that is the title of her piece Push/Pull. Enjoy.
©2012 Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust/Artists Rights Society, New York, NY
An artist and educator, Nancy lives in the Rochester area. Nancy has been making art for as long as she can remember. Her experience as an educator includes teaching visual arts in the elementary, middle, high school and college levels, as well as leading professional development work-shops for teachers and art workshops for adults in the community. Nancy is a working artist and maintains a ceramic studio in Rochester in the Anderson Arts Building, and an outdoor ceramic studio in Greenwood, NY, a source of great inspiration for her work. Nancy has widely exhibited in the region. During the past six years, Nancy received the “Best of Show” award in the juried exhibit, “Made in NY 2001,” in Auburn, NY and was consequently awarded a solo ceramic sculpture show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn. Her ceramic sculpture, “Unearthing,” from the exhibit “Craft in Western New York” was purchased for inclusion in the permanent collection at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Her sculpture, garden vessels, tiles, glass jewelry are included in many private collections. Visit Nancy’s web site at nancyvalle.com
“I am inspired by the rich colors, expressionist brush strokes and the dynamic energy of the composition of Hans Hofmann’s Ruby Gold. On close inspection, I imagine Hofmann energetically using brush and palette knife to texture and layer the canvas with rich mixtures of paint. Hofmann’s theory of “push pull” in painting, creating the illusion of depth and movement, has prompted me to use a parallel process in working with clay. My terracotta vessel, like the canvas, provides an opportunity to build and work the surface of clay with hands, tools, and brushes of colored ceramic glazes. I’ve named my work Push/Pull in honor of Hofmann’s teachings.”