Nancy VanDevender uses still and moving images to delineate space through
sculptural considerations and social concerns. She uses the power of intimate
encounters as a tool for persuasion with regard to ideas about economic and social
inequalities and hierarchies. Private space and public forum are explored through
choreography, improvisation, performance, installation, and events. Film stills and
subtitles, texts from graffiti and tattoos, historical decorative motifs, maps, gameboards,
and public confessions of sexual scandals and misdeeds, all have provided
material for her collections, archives, and translations.
VanDevenderís aesthetic is profoundly layered, mirroring the complexities of both
process and subject matter. Beginning with an accumulation of ideas and researched
details, not so familiar perspectives are put forth. She uses text, drawing, and
photography as the first layer, then re-inscribes content by tracing, scanning, redrawing,
and altering through digital processes. There is a constant back and forth
between marking, editing, and coloring by hand and using computer technologies.
After a visual backdrop is realized, particular elements are added to further the
outlining of the space. While all of the content is embedded in the printed element, it
is these layered additions of photographs, videos, furnishings, and improvised or set
events that give credence to the necessity for the defined stage.
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