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Nancy Legge

Berkeley, CA 94707, U.S.A.
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Phone: 415-336-6615

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Nancy Legge

Artist’s Statement 2015


I have always been drawn to the figure and my current work explores abstraction and its expressive possibilities.  My process is intuitive.   One of my favorite sculptors, David Smith, describes this way of working:  “I do not work with a conscious and specific conviction about a piece of sculpture. It is always open to change and new association. It should be a celebration, one of surprise, not rehearsed.”

My sculpture was initially fueled by the Stones of Callanish, an ancient stone circle in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and more renowned sites like Stonehenge and Avebury in southern England.  While the current work still draws on these megalithic forms, I am also  integrating other materials into my figures -- fused glass, encaustics, and creating environments out of stone or found iron.

The fragmented figure is a visual preoccupation for me -- particularly as it relates to the Japanese idea of “zan ketsu no bi” – finding beauty in something missing.  I draw inspiration from Greek Cycladic sculpture, mummified forms, early Maya figures and Anton Ehrenzweig's The Hidden Order of Art.  Most of my pieces begin in clay, usually porcelain. I fire in a variety of ways – raku, pit fire and high fire.  I also cast my work  in bronze.