In Studio | Nancy Lovendahl
Take a virtual trip to see Nancy Lovendahl’s studio in Old Snowmass, Colorado: she speaks about her creative process and her motivation for producing art. Landscape is her mentor; she draws inspiration from the mountainous panorama that surrounds her home. The mountain form is her entry point to discuss deeper issues and her creative process is an endeavor to explore human perception in a focused and meditative way. Nancy aims to make work that brings to light the common bonds between us.
VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
Take a virtual tour of Nancy Lovendahl’s exhibition, Small Glimpses, Many Times with a museum educator.Tour
Small Glimpses, Many Times
The exhibition title references meditative, repetitive practices found in Buddhist philosophy. In this new body of work, Lovendahl uses repetition and scale to invite viewers to examine their own perception of the world around them. She has constructed the form of a mountain (Garett Peak, which rises above her home in Snowmass) from memory, repeating the form in two and three dimensions and various media, including cast resin and Tyvek.
Lovendahl views the mountain form as a metaphor that allows her to explore the difference between the object itself and her concept of it. Through the process of iteration and repetition, she aims to offer new ways of seeing and understanding. Lovendahl hopes that this work will prompt viewers to examine their own perception and assumptions, making space for unity and connection.
About the Artist
“I was born and raised in the Chicago area and escaped what I anticipated would be a confining future to the vast open space of Colorado.”
Nancy Lovendahl grew up in the Chicago area and studied ceramics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before moving to the western slopes of Colorado in the 1970s. Her artwork can be found in private and public collections, including The Smithsonian Institution in Wash., DC and Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany. She has been the recipient of multiple Colorado Art in Public Places commissions as well as two public art commissions in Texas. Lovendahl teaches at institutions such as The Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. She exhibits nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at The Red Gate Gallery Residency in Beijing, The National Gallery in Tbilissi, Georgia and the Art Base, in Basalt, CO. Lovendahl is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary, in Denver and lives in Old Snowmass, CO with husband, jewelry designer Scott Keating, their dog and cat. She works in studios in Old Snowmass and Denver, CO.
In August 2019, artist Nancy Lovendahl and independent curator Joy Armstrong sat down for a conversation about Nancy’s work and upcoming exhibition at the Fine Arts Center.