My work is about woman’s struggle to find emotional balance – which I depict using texture, expression, attitude and gesture. While every woman has strength, compassion, and an incalculable ability to endure, we also have complex roles – mother, lover, sister, friend, or wife – where our arguably weaker sex is called upon continually to put others before ourselves. Add to that societal roles calling for poise and grace… yes, the wonderfully rich subject of woman.
I work primarily in clay, a.k.a. Mother Earth, employing a variety of deliberate techniques to further enhance a sense of earthiness and antiquity. Random yet controlled applications of colored slips, glazes, and various firings including soda reduction, further enhance these textures, as if you could suddenly unearth them from history.
If one could see the depth and complexity of a woman plainly on her surface, would we see beauty? Would we see their scars, if we look closely enough? I let each woman tell her story through my hands.
Nancy Pirri was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Chicago, IL. She has dabbled in every art form since childhood, discovering clay to be her true passion in 1991. She completed a solo show titled ‘Reflection,’ in Lafayette, IN followed by a 3-person show at the Beverly Arts Center Chicago, IL with Pop Artist, Peter Mars and urban artist Erik DeBat. She was recently hand-selected for the Art of Human Rights event for Heartland Alliance. She is currently represented at Gallery Guichard in Chicago, IL and Studio b in Three Oaks, MI. She received an Honorable Mention award from the Rockford Art Museum for her printmaking on clay work and exhibits at many different venues including galleries, charity auctions, private homes, and group shows.