Pryor Fine Art
Nancy Legge
BIOGRAPHY
I have a passion for the figure and my current work explores abstraction and its expressive possibilities. My process is intuitive. Perhaps one of my favorite sculptors, David Smith, describes this way of working best – “I do not work with a conscious and specific conviction about a piece of sculpture. It is always open to change and new association. It should be a celebration, one of surprise, not rehearsed.”

My sculpture was initially fueled by ancient stone circles like the Stones of Callanish in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and more renowned sites like Stonehenge and Avebury in southern England. While the current work still draws on these megalithic forms, I also enjoy integrating other materials into my figures -- placing iron directly into the clay, using encaustic on the surface, and creating environments out of stone or iron.

The fragmented figure has long been a visual preoccupation for me -- particularly as it relates to the Japanese idea of “zan ketsu no bi” – finding beauty in something missing. I find myself drawn to Greek Cycladic sculpture and mummified forms. Most of my work begins in clay, usually porcelain. I fire in a variety of ways – raku, pit fire and high fire. I also cast my pieces in bronze.
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