Nancy Charak is a transplanted Chicagoan who makes art in a studio space in the historic Steinfeld Building in Tucson. Her formal art training began at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Saturday school, followed by an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago culminating with an MFA from Northern Illinois University in Painting and Drawing. Nancy then underwent a varied set of work, learning and play experiences. She spent nine years in the printing trade managing print jobs, nine summers playing park district softball, fifteen years as a legal secretary and administrative assistant, studied Chaucer and Beowulf, travelled to Mexico, Brazil, numerous cities and museums in Western Europe, taught English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education, shot thousands of feet of 35mm film, played with PCs and Macs, and annoyed her friends and family with zillions of travelogue slideshows. Always making art, Nancy likes to ignore rules, slash pencils and spill paint to see what happens.
Description of Medium
I am a mark-maker. The marks relate to each other in degrees of tension, proximity, distance, stillness, absence, presence. The marks create spaces, surfaces and edges that become interconnected, separated, conflicted, yet engaged in conversations. My purpose as an artist is to captivate you for as long as I can hold your attention.
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