Nancy VanDevender {bio}

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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