Nancy Azara

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Sweet Pea, 2016, gessoed tree, 5 x 2 x 1.5 ft.
Ghost Ship, 2016, vine with gesso, paint and aluminum leaf on wood posts, 4 x 12 x 1.5 ft.
Reclining Hand, 2012, painted wood and aluminum leaf, 31 x 60 x 24 inches
Pink Panel, 2014, carved and painted wood with aluminum leaf and encaustic, 29 x 48 x 5.5 inches
Pink Spiral, 2014, carved and painted wood with aluminum leaf and encaustic, 42 x 41 x 5 inches
Artist's Statement

My studio is on the 2nd floor of a loft building in Tribeca. Sometimes visitors say that it reminds them of a forest because there are often many little trees in it. Some of them are from a small garden space that I have made in the back of the building on the roof where the 1st floor extends. Many of the plants are street finds such as an abandoned banana tree, others such as two grapefruit trees have grown from seeds. These live plants mingle with the logs, branches and cut lumber in different stages of progress including discards in a corner, which I make into sculpture, often combining different pieces and carving, painting and gilding them.
Currently I am working with a mostly silvery and white theme ("Ghost Ship", "Sweet Pea" and "Third Moon".) The finished work is about the passage of time, a celebration of the life cycle . . . about memory but also about loss.


Upcoming one person show "Passage of the Ghost Ship: Trees and Vines" at The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial in Cornish, New Hampshire, (Summer, 2017). "Tuscan Spring: Rubbings, Scrolls, and Other Works", curated by Harry Weil at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo (2016), "I am the Vine, You are the Branches" at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights, NY (2015) was held during the Lenten celebration, "Of leaves and vines . . . A shifting braid of lines" at SACI Gallery in Florence, Italy (2013), and many group exhibitions worldwide. Recently, Azara wrote an article for The Brooklyn Rail "The Language of Art is Still Defined By Men" and book, "Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art" (Red Wheel/Weisers) that explores issues of art and spirituality. Several public art commissions: "Heart Wall" at 340 Madison Ave., "Hand Garden/Drs Wall" at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Hamilton, NJ and in permanent collections.