Nancy Legge

When I was 19, I saw Alberto Giacometti’s work for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He stopped me dead in my tracks – and still does.  I did not make a commitment to my own art practice until years later, but his work and dedication to the figure have been strong influences.  He wrote, “Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create.  I want something, but I don’t know what it is until I succeed in doing it.”  I also do not begin with preconceived ideas. I work by engaging with my materials and tools – as equal partners. Letting each piece find its own voice. Being comfortable with uncertainty and failure.

I stay inspired by looking at many different kinds of art, traveling whenever I can and always trying to explore new terrain – the unfamiliar. On a recent trip to Greece, I saw early Cycladic work that gave me a better understanding of abstraction and what I want to do.  My glass and mixed media work is pushing me in new directions.  Whenever I am not feeling inspired, I round up my usual suspects – artists I love – Giacometti, David Smith, Louise Nevelson, Eva Hesse, Bertil Vallien, Stephen deStaebler, Matisse –  look at their work and get back into the studio – to find the only way inspiration really happens – by working.

Nancy Legge


Contact:

email: nancylegge22@gmail.com
phone: (415) 336 - 6615