Nancy J. Parisi
Gratitude and the Moth: Kurland Tribute
24 x 16 inches
BIO: Nancy J. Parisi was born in Buffalo and is a proud urban pioneer in the city’s Old First Ward neighborhood, where she has lived since the early 90s. She holds a B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo where she was an honors English Literature major and a Photography and Arts Management minor. She was a member of the first ever M.F.A. class at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, earning that degree in 2005. Parisi is a longtime CEPA Gallery supporter, and is currently Board president. Parisi is best known as a freelance photographer and journalist, and since 1998 has been a regular contributor to Buffalo Spree. She also writes music criticism for the Buffalo News. She was a founding staff member of Artvoice, where she was photo editor and columnist of (“What Has Happened”). Her work has been exhibited in many venues, including Thomas Werner Gallery (NYC), Balch Institute (Philadelphia), CEPA Gallery, Castellani Art Museum, Squeaky Wheel, UB Anderson Gallery, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery. www.nancyjparisi.com
STATEMENT: My still-life image studio practice began in 1998 as I was creating work for my first solo exhibition at Big Orbit Gallery (1999), and as a tribute to my friend and life mentor, painter Bruce Kurland, who passed into the good light at the end of 2013. For this still-life work I amass artifacts that I find on my travels and as I walk through my semi-industrial Buffalo Old First Ward neighborhood. This piece is an exploration of narrative possibility between natural and non-natural design. This work is also informed by my lifelong passion for gardening: within the canon of floral symbology hydrangeas represent gratitude.