Untitled: both acrylic & mica on canvas, 36”x 24”
9 Somers Drive, Rhinebeck | 917-880-1780 | Handicap Accessible
Nansi T. Lent is a painter in Rhinebeck, NY, who was born in New York and grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida. She holds a BA from Boston College in Studio Art and a Masters in Visual Arts Administration from NYU. Painting for decades, she has exhibited widely in New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond including The Katonah Museum of Art, The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, The Coral Springs Art Museum in Florida, Goggleworks in Reading, PA., The New York Public Library, The Starr Library in Rhinebeck and in numerous co-ops and private galleries. She has received multiple awards and commendations. Her work is held in several private collections. Nansi has served on the board of The National Association of Women Artists and in 2018 founded Womenswork.art, a gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an Active Member of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
My current work is about the collective unconscious, the evolution of language and the urge to write. Over time I have invented a symbolic language that borrows from ancient symbols but represents no language system but my own, hybrid, created one, that continues to evolve with each new piece I make. The work is meant to be read as language that has no signified meaning other than the viewers interpretation.
Asemic writing is a hybrid art form that fuses text and image into a unity, and then sets it free to arbitrary subjective interpretations. It may be compared to free writing or writing for its own sake, instead of writing to produce verbal context. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning to occur across linguistic understanding; an asemic text may be “read” in a similar fashion regardless of the reader’s natural language. Wikipedia
I have been practicing Asemic Writing for years and think of it as layers of thought, rumination, and the shards of insight in the search for meaning that the mind goes through. Visually the work can conjure graffiti, with which I identify. My process has evolved through years of journal writing and seeking signature. While essentially about thought processing, there is also an aspect of performative prayer to my work, seeking order and wisdom in a chaotic world.
Mine is a contemplative practice where I explore the use of ancient symbols to evolve a new paradigm. It is a search for modern abstraction, rooted in ancient gestures of language.