Vision Scroll Installation - Vallauris France / Nancy Aleo

Nancy Aleo

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Professor, Chairperson My art making process can be described as intuitive, guided by experience and drawn from memory. The final images/objects evolve from research, travel, accumulated doodles or sketches, personal spiritual practices as well as from the format and materials used.  My materials include red cochineal ink produced from insects and amate bark paper both from Mexico.  I have experimented for many years with these ancient technologies used by the early cultures of Mexico. The large, vertical works on paper are a continuation of a series entitled Vision Scrolls. My Vision Scrolls are visual, rather than verbal, reverent petitions, at times vehement. These requests can be personal as well as universal seeking additions, changes or healing. Shells found on the Pacific coast of Mexico inspired the clay bowl forms. These forms are meant to hold an offering of gratitude to the places and people that enrich my life. Nancy Aleo earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art both focused in Ceramics.  Her work includes mixed media drawing and painting as well as ceramics and sculpture. She is President of the Board of Trustees of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA. Aleo has exhibited nationally and internationally and maintains a studio in the Boston area.  Recent exhibitions include: Galerie Le Cabannon and Galerie Aqui Siam Ben in Vallauris, France, Attleboro Arts Museum, Cambridge Art Association, New England BioLabs, Ipswich, MA, Sguardi Sonori, Napoli, Italy. Other regional, national and international exhibitions including Washington DC, Georgia, New Mexico, New England, Germany and Japan. Grants awarded include: Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust, NEFA/NEA Regional Fellowship in the Visual Arts Program in Painting (Twice), Faculty Development Fellowship from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Awarded artist residency at A.I.R Vallauris, France. Nancy Aleo has traveled and studied in Mexico for over two decades. She has co-taught travel courses to Oaxaca, Puebla & Cholula, Mexico.