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Nancy A. Tobin

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Inflating Hallway-Jiffy-Pop, 2007 Sewn Plastic Bags, Hair Dryers, Duct Tape, Timers 16' X 17' X 13' © Nancy Tobin
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Prayer Machine, 2007 Industrial Hair Dryer, Plastic Bag, Latex Gloves, Duct Tape, Timer 4' X 3' X 3' © Nancy Tobin
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"Watch Over Me" Installation, June, 2008 Mixed 20' X 35' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Watch Over Me Installation, 2008 Sewn Plastic Bags, Rope, Hair Dryers, Timers, Humidifiers, Menthol 20' X 35' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Liquid Lullaby, 2007 Hoop Skirt, Yarn, Music Box, Liquor Glasses, Baby Powder 80" X 48" X 48" © Nancy Tobin
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Watch Over Me Installation #2, Evening Shot, July, 2008 Sewn Plastic Bags, Hair Dryers, Timers, Humidifiers 15' X 15' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Tornado With Strings Attached, 2007 Mixed 30" X 40" X 8" © Nancy Tobin
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Baby Tornado, 2007 Mixed 30" X 40" X 8" © Nancy Tobin
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Whisk Until Dawn, 2008 One Phone Book, Motor, Hoop, Staples, Timer 8' X 8' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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All You Must Hold Onto, 2005 Mixed 69" X 60" X 20" © Nancy Tobin
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Mother Lode, 2005 Gown, 86 Stuffed And Stitched Bras 64" X 40" X 40" © Nancy Tobin
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Proliferaholic, 2008 Sewn Plastic Bags, Rope, Hair Dryer, Timer 16' X 16' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Proliferaholic Deinstalling Detail, 2008 Sewn Plastic Bags, Rope, Hair Dryer, Timer 16' X 16' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Forefather for a Father, 2006 Mixed 4' X 6' © Nancy Tobin
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Socktus, 2008 Mixed 7' X 7' X 3' © Nancy Tobin
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Tornado Season, April, 2009 Paper, Motors, Staples, Hoops 20' X 25' © Nancy Tobin
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Double Reverse Psychology, April, 2009 Paper, Motors, Hoops, Staples 20' X 25' © Nancy Tobin
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Double Reverse Psychology, April, 2009 Paper, Disco Ball Turners, Hoops, Staples, Obsessive Behavior 20' X 25' © Nancy Tobin
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Sink Until You Reach For Love (Jack Johnson), August, 2009 Paper, Afghans, Fans, Fountain, Tent Structure, Parachute, Baubles, 12' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Sink Until You Reach For Love (Jack Johnson), August, 2009 Paper, Afghans, Fans, Fountain, Tent Structure, Parachute, Baubles, © Nancy Tobin
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Detail, Sink Until You Reach For Love (Jack Johnson), August, 2009 Paper, Afghans, Fans, Fountain, Tent Structure, Parachute, Baubles, 12' X 12' © Nancy Tobin
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Feels Like When You Have It, Then It's Gone (Jack Johnson), August, 2009 Paper, Fans 25' X 4' © Nancy Tobin
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Feels Like When You Have It, Then It's Gone (Jack Johnson), August, 2009 Paper, Fans 25' X 4' © Nancy Tobin
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Match.com (In Progress) First Room View, December, 2009 Paper, Staples, Rope Singular Form Will Intersect Every Room In My House © Nancy Tobin
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Match.com (In Progress) First Room View, December, 2009 Paper, Staples, Rope Singular Form Will Intersect Every Room In My House © Nancy Tobin
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Match.com (In Progress) Second Room View, December, 2009 Paper, Staples, Rope Singular Form Will Intersect Every Room In My House © Nancy Tobin
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Match.com (In Progress) Two Room View, December, 2009 Paper, Staples, Rope Singular Form Will Intersect Every Room In My House © Nancy Tobin
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"Match.com" Singular wave form intersects every room in my house...see other images for details, January, 2010 Telephone Books, Rope, Staples, Fans, Lights Singular Wave Form Intersects Every Room In My 960 Square Foot House © Nancy Tobin
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
South Carolina
Birth year
1966
Lives in
Arcata, CA
Works in
Arcata, CA
Representing galleries
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installation
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I grew up a military brat. Being forced to relocate over fourteen times before I turned nineteen, the repeated trauma of forced dislocations has set up within me an internal conflict: heightened fears of loss and rejection, countered and overcompensated for by fierce independence and self-isolation; a denial of the need for others. The urge to attain Eros (love and connection) is suppressed, denied, and pushed away, consciously and subconsciously blocked by the ego's defensive death drive (drive towards death, destruction and non-existence).

Through my installations and the darkness of Freudian dreamlike psychoanalysis, the conflicts of my conscious and subconscious desires and anxieties are brought to the light and confronted, creating a tension that is disquieting, yet beautiful. Through self-examination and analysis, truths are exposed, on a personal level, and more broadly, on a human level...we are all isolated, must all reconcile the aloneness, must all become practiced at holding the discomfort of the unfatho mable emptiness. How does one endure? How does one come to some sense of workable terms and accept what feels like being powerless in the face of the unmasterable? The juxtaposition of diametrically opposed forces that clash to create a contensious state of confusion, enwrapped with beauty, is analogous to the breaking down of the ego's defenses; getting comfortable with the repeated dying to the self, ultimately surrendering, to transcend aloneness and become one with the ultimate Eros, God.