Nancy Roberts grew up in Indiana, earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio, and lived in Boston before moving permanently to Canada in 1976. Raising four children and a career in graphic design also preceded her discovery of clay in the early 2000s.
Her sculpture techniques are largely self-taught, with help from excellent instructors in community courses and a session at Haystack Mountain School of Craft.
Nancy is currently represented by Visual Voice Gallery in Truro NS. She created two solo shows at Swoon Fine Art and a February 2018 solo show, Fishful Thinking, at the Craig Gallery, as well as duo shows at Visual Voice.
Nancy Roberts’ work has also found a home in juried group shows at the Mary E. Black Gallery, the Craig Gallery, several at Swoon Fine Art in Nova Scotia; at galleries or shows in Hudson, NY, Gainesville FL, and Philadelphia; and with collectors in several US states.
I make hand-built, one-of-a-kind sculpture, from themed fortune cookies to unheard-of creatures.
Some have called the sculptures surreal. Most resemble life forms, but are not any real creature. However, they seem sentient, and I think that is what makes them interesting.
I build after my own heart and I love the freedom to realize some of the crazy ideas that come from I-don’t-know-where. My goal is for the works to create a response in the viewer, or at least to intrigue and entertain. There is more than one answer to “What is it?”