detail, epifitas, airplants; graphite; 2' x 3' / Nancy Cusack

Nancy Cusack

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Professor The fragility of ecosystems – whether in the natural environment or as the intimately personal – is the theme of my current work. Crossing media and borders, it is about the physical experience of time and place, keenly observed.  The images are intermediaries between the vast natural or constructed environment and the particular personal moment – narrative records of the perceived world– which at any moment is stunning, visceral, tragic, breathtaking and renewable.   As a 2-D artist, I have been working for extended periods of time in southern Mexico and dense rainforests in Costa Rica. There and in my local studio, I have been producing an extensive body of lo-tech prints and graphite drawings, varying in size from a few inches to about 9 feet. Most recent exhibitions include the Attleboro Museum of Arts ; Gallery Kayafas, Boston; National Gallery of Costa Rica, solo show and permanent collection; Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; Corteza Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica, permanent installation; Selections, Mass. College of Art; Thayer Gallery at Thayer Academy. Lecture/guest presentations include: Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Ontario College of Art and Design, Ohio State University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; Stonehill College, Wheelock College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Univ. of Mass, Amherst. After receiving an A.B. from Boston College, attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design. Received an M.Ed. in Expressive Therapies from the Institute of Art and Human Development at Lesley University.