Friday, July 30, 2010

Nanci Hersh Public Art project in New York City

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) in New York City unveiled the latest installment in its continuing series of public art exhibits, titled Slowing Down to Catch Up, by Nanci Hersh (MFA alum 1994).

Hersh created Slowing Down to Catch Up as part of her Inherently Found Series, a mixed-media collection in which she examines things that are passed down genetically and socially, things that are found and kept, and things that are left behind – and how they all shape one’s identity. Wire and netting are shaped and formed, then dipped into vats of over-beaten pulp that dries over the form like a taut skin. These “nets” are used – along with pages from old books, fabric and other found objects, to catch the “stuff of our lives.”

Since attaining her MFA, Hersh has received numerous awards and honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawaii. In addition , her work is included in the collections of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, as well as in the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu Advertiser, Hemmeter Collection, STW Fixed Income Management, Lehigh Portland Cement and numerous private collections. She currently lives in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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