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Nancy Pirri

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Tamara's Stain, 2013 10"h X 11"w X 4"d Ceramic/slip/mason Stains/glaze/c.10 © Nancy Pirri
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The Relaxed Queen Ceramic © Nancy Pirri
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Athena Ceramic © Nancy Pirri
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Carry Me Away From Harm Ceramic © Nancy Pirri
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Serene Sisters, 2010 Ceramic Varies
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Loss of a Friend, 2010 Ceramic 15.5"H X 7"W X 7"D
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Loss of a Friend, 2010 Ceramic 15.5"H X 7"W X 7"D © nancy pirri
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Daphne Adorned, 2009 Ceramic, Tagua & Babacu Nuts 32"h X 17"w X 15"D
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Daphne Adorned, 2009 Ceramic, Tagua and Babacu Nuts, Driftwood 32"h X 17"w X 15"D
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Amelia, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer 8"h X 5.25"w X 2.25"d © nancy pirri
Christina
Christina, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer © nancy pirri
Anna
Anna, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer © nancy pirri
Cecilia
Cecilia, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer © nancy pirri
Elizabeth
Elizabeth, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer © nancy pirri
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Elizabeth (back), 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer © nancy pirri
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Brooklyn, 2009 Ceramic 10"h X 9.5"w X 8"d © nancy pirri
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Brooklyn - detail, 2009 Ceramic 10"h X 9.5"w X 8"d © nancy pirri
Clara
Clara, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer 6"h X 4.5"w X 2.5"d © nancy pirri
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Clara - back, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer 6"h X 4.5"w X 2.5"d © nancy pirri
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Clara - detail, 2009 Ceramic - Silkscreen Transfer 6"h X 4.5"w X 2.5"d © nancy pirri
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Reflection, 2011 Ceramic
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Penelope Ceramic 19.5"H X 19.5"W X 20"D © Nancy Pirri
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Contour
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Get Small, 5/17/13 Ceramic Sculpture © birkenheuerphotography.com
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Take My Love, 2012 Ceramic 14.5"h X 5"w X 8.5"d © Nancy Pirri
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Birth year
1963
Lives in
Chicago, IL
Works in
Chicago, IL
Schools
University of Iowa, 1985, B.A.
Representing galleries
Three Oaks, MI, studio b Gallery
Tags
clay drawing figurative, bronze realism abstract conceptual, figurative, sculpture
Statement

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.

Biography

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.