Nancy Agati: Tangible
No. 5 Butchie Alley presents a selection of Nancy Agatis works titled
Inspiration for the work draws from traditional tombolo lace patterns of Southern Italy, and the geometric tile design from the Alhambra in Southern Spain. The works are alchemical in the way that Agati transforms material, turning raw earth into subtle color, weaving and overlapping, intricate patterns, imbuing the works with a hypnotic sense of time, turning modest materials into objects of reverence. Her meditative process is both focused and detailed, offering a way to consider order amidst chaos, and beauty at a time of apparent darkness.
Agatis work addresses forms and patterns in nature through physical investigations of materials. She is interested in elements from nature that communicate the passage of time and illustrate cyclical occurrences. Influences include natural forms that reveal a sense of order, elegance, and geometry often found in patterns of moving water and flow-like organic structures. Drawing is an essential aspect of Agatis work, defined in the broadest of terms and developed through multiple methods. Her multi-disciplinary work includes works on paper, sculpture, textiles, site-specific installation, and public art.
holds a BFA from Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NY, and an MFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work widely throughout Philadelphia and nationally including exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, The Calandra Italian American Institute, New York, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, and Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia. Agati was a recipient of a Windows of Opportunity Grant from the Leeway Foundation and has been awarded artist-in-residence placements at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, Lo Studio dei Nipoti, Calabria, Italy, and Main & Station in Nova Scotia. In 2014, as a Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellow.