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Nancy Goodman Lawrence

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Portrait of Dave and Ori, 2012 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 31" X 23" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Portrait of Leah and Maya Rose, 2012 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage, 16" X 20" 16" X 20" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Steve Shows His Feminine Side, 2011 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 30" X 22" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Portrait of Ellen Grim, 2008 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 22" X 16" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Concentric Narrative in Blue #3, 2012 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage on Clayboard Panel 30" X 30" X 2" Inches © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Life, 2010 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 23" X 20" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Insight and Vision, 2013 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 8" X 8" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Keep Moving, 2012 Mixed-media 8" X 8" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Ori Ate the A, 2013 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage 16" X 16" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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High Voltage, 2013 Mixed-media Paper and Map Collage on Clayboard Panel 16" X 20" © Nancy Goodman Lawrence
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Tags
modernist, collage, contemporary, mixed-media, realism, abstract, figurative
Statement

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.