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Nancy Pirri

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Brooklyn, NY

Birth year

Lives in
Chicago, IL

Works in
Chicago, IL


University of Iowa, 1985, B.A.

Representing galleries
Three Oaks, MI, studio b Gallery

figurative, sculpture, bronze realism abstract conceptual, clay drawing figurative


Artist Statement

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, stains, glazes, and various firings including soda reduction, enhance my texture treatments, as if you could suddenly unearth them from history.If

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 is currently represented at Gallery Guichard in Chicago, IL and seasonally with Studio b in Three Oaks, MI.  She received an Honorable Mention award from the Rockford Art Museum in 2010 for her printmaking on clay work and exhibits at many different venues including galleries, charity auctions, private homes, solo and group shows.

Recent Exhibits

Nancy Pirri participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 unchARTed
Motor Row Gallery
Dec, 2014 Synergy II
Morpho Gallery
Jul, 2014 Mud People
4 Art Inc Gallery
May, 2013 Get Small
Zhou B Art Center
Oct, 2012 Bustes En Rose
Zhou B Art Center
Aug, 2012 Anatomy of Thought
Flourish Studios
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