NANCY LASAR – ARTIST STATEMENT
Whether in drawing, painting, or printmaking, the process for me is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement. I try to utilize a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation as well as the passage of time. As I attempt to describe the multiple realities which intermingle in memory, imagination and daily life, images emerge and diverge – re-configuring in new relationships.
Everything is open and flows back and forth: empty and full, defined by its opposite -fleeting yet tangible – air and space dissecting form and formless in an effort to capture the unity and delight of life experienced, remembered, longed for.
Critics have described Nancy Lasar’s work with such phrases as “drawing with light”, “condensed energy and flow”, “calm and crazy”, and “organized chaos”. For over 50 years, she has worked with images observed from nature using a variety of drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic processes.
Nancy Lasar has exhibited her award winning images widely throughout New England, New York, Minnesota and as far away as Sweden and China and Japan. She is an exhibiting alumnae artist at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY where she had a second solo exhibition in October of 2014. Her work is also represented and published at Van Deb Editions, New York, The Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, Ct., and at Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT. Lasar has exhibited in other group and one person shows at the Mattatuck Museum, The Bruce Museum, The Washington Art Association, The Lyman Allen Museum, the New Britain Museum, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking and at The International Print Center, VanDeb Editions and Paperworks Projects in New York.
Her works are included in many public and private collections including Pfizer Corp, Aetna Life and Casualty, The General Mills Corp., The Mattatuck Museum, and The Karsdal Collection. Nancy Lasar receives commissions to create unique pieces for private homes and offices in Connecticut, New York and Minneapolis. She has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the CT. Commission on the Arts and received a grant to study at the Vermont Studio Center. Nancy Lasar resides in Washington CT. where she maintains her painting and printmaking studios.