Nancy Goodman Lawrence
I began my career as a painter, first working in oil and acrylic and then watercolor. During this time, I gradually began to experiment with collage and came to feel that I had found my artistic voice in the medium of paper. I came across a box of old maps while cleaning out my parents’ home, and they became the springboard for several bodies of work.
My figurative collages consist of portraits of family, friends and self or drawings of the model placed in whimsical settings. Maps offer endless possibilities in rendering the geography of the human body and the space it occupies. Mountains, oceans and roads become veins, tree branches, rug patterns and clothing, as I surgically manipulate them from one context to another. I find myself minimizing or beating back the most obvious map references to specific locations, but they have a way of bubbling up in ironic ways.
My concentric narrative series also features maps as a major medium. Each collage is a series of concentric circles, beginning with a perfect circle at the core, and becoming more distorted as they move outward.
My work is featured in the books, Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art, by Diane Maurer-Mathison, 2008, Watson-Guptill Publications; Masters: Collage, Major Works by Leading Artists, 2010, Lark Books and Geo Graphic, Index Book, Barcelona, 2013, as well as The America Journal of Nursing, June 2012.
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