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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

NANCY O'D WILSON

NANCY O'D WILSON

Artist Work

Ascendant
2010
Ladder, lace
76 x 12.5 inches
Stuffed Chair No. 3
2011
Chair, fabric
39 x 16 inches
Ladder No. 1
2010
Ladder, stuffed fabric
19 x 95 inches
Sun Spots
2004
Acryllic and Lace
12"x18"
Star Spangled Banner
2006
Acryllic and Lace
17"x21"
I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
2011
Ladder, stuffed fabric
5 x 20 inches

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

In her latest pieces, Nancy O'D Wilson continues her explorations of color and touch, assembling found objects and old dresses into dimension-straddling sculptures. Vertical and vibrant, these padded pieces stretch Josef Albers' color theories into the tactile realm, climbing away from the endless modern tapping of hard plastic keyboards. Dresses are torn apart, assembled into three-dimensional constrcuctions, and built into old wooden ladders and chair-backs according to the rhythm of colors. The contrast of hard wood and soft fabric frames the relativity of color: "You need opposites."

Artist Bio

Education: Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD (MFA, 1981). Selected Exhibitions: To This I Came, Loyola College and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1999); Earthworks, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY (1997); Book Value, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY (1995); Catholic Girls, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (1994); Hubble Space Telescope Institute, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1993); Salute to the Arts, Baltimore, MD (1993); Worhy Gallery, Washington, DC (1990); Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (1990). Selected Commission: Barton-Cotton, Co., Baltiomore, MD; State House, Annapolis, MD; Morris Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD; The Colonnade, Baltimore, MD; The Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD.