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On The Edge: Storrow’s Evolution Of Style

"Pollination", 2017, pastel, pastel pencil, 19 1/2” X 19”.


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NANCY STORROW: EDGELAND
NEXT STAGE GALLERY
15 KIMBALL HILL
PUTNEY, VERMONT
THROUGH FEBRUARY 13

by Marguerite Serkin

Nancy Storrow does not take her artistic vision for granted. She finds her inspiration in the hills and natural landscape of Southern Vermont, where she has made her home for over 50 years. In Storrow’s current exhibition, “Edgeland,” on view at the Next Stage Gallery in Putney, Vermont through February 13, the artist has offered an opportunity for a rare retrospective of her work, conveying a subtle evolution of her stylistic approach over the years.

“For the past 10 or so years, I’ve worked with pastel and graphite,” Storrow shared during a recent interview. “I shifted from watercolor and woodcut prints, then to oil and oil paint sticks, and then to pastel and graphite. I have always preserved WHITE as space or air,” Storrow added, “but also as a gentle reminder that this is a drawing on paper.”

“Pollination” (2017, pastel, pastel pencil) highlights Storrow’s attachment to growth and emergence. Seemingly impelled by a force just below the working surface, the clustered pastel lines spread upward and outward, as though celebrating their very existence as they transition into being. The lines are lyrically organized, and offset by delicate smudging and a distinct yet harmonious counterbalance between light reds and oranges and a hardier green contour.

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