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Nancy Fletcher Cassell

Nancy Cassell Artist’s Statement

naturemind: one body

We are nature
With a concept of nature
Nature weeping
Nature speaking of nature to nature
—from “Woman and Nature” by Susan Griffin

“All art is representational in that it represents real things and real events, some of which exist in the physical dimension, while others exist in the dimension of thought.” —Robert Motherwell

I paint the wilderness within.

Through visual form, I investigate my relationship to nature, environment, community, and self.

My intention in life and art making is to enter into a spiritual, psychological dialogue with the natural world, through which the unity of human body, mind, and soul is revealed as a process of the universe.

According to Emily Dickinson, “The landscape listens.” I focus on the invisible content of place to create visual journals, which are assembled into large, two-dimensional environments. By surrounding the viewer with these works, I hope we will join in a shared world of interaction.

Before painting, I walk through the woods, read or write poetry, and review photos I have taken of specific places. Often, these photos are of sites I have visited for the past 25 years. When I’m home, each evening, at twilight, I drive the same route through the countryside to collect changing images of fields, ponds, and dramatic skies.

I also sing or hum to the paintings in process. The invented songs act as a meditation to release my everyday mind and tap into the unconscious.

“You don’t paint the way someone, observing your life, thinks you have to paint. You paint the way you have in order to give; that’s life itself. When you have finished the giving, the look surprises you as well as anybody else ...” —Franz Kline

We are a wilderness becoming.

Nancy Fletcher Cassell, 2001


Nancy Fletcher Cassell has lived and worked in Northern Kentucky for the past 16 years. She studied one year at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, then received an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and art education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1970.

Nancy began her career as a graphic designer in Nashville and moved to the Cincinnati area when she married in 1973. Currently, she is a self-employed artist who is well represented in regional and national exhibitions and maintains two studios: one in the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati and one at her home in Union, KY.

Recipient of two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Nancy also has been awarded an NEA Regional Fellowship from the Southern Arts Federation, two Summerfair Inc. grants, a grant from Art Matters, and two grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, in addition to residency fellowships at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, the Springfield Museum of Art in Ohio, and the Owensboro Museum of Art, as well as numerous other public and private collections. The Suzanna Terrill Gallery represents her work in Cincinnati.

In 2001, Nancy completed a site-specific installation of 51 paintings for the Springfield Museum of Art.

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naturemind: one body #1
naturemind: one body #1

naturemind: one body #2
naturemind: one body #2

naturemind: one body #3
naturemind: one body #3

naturemind: one body #4
naturemind: one body #4

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