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The concept of an alternate universe always felt abstract to me. Until the pandemic.


Over the seasons that my family spent waiting for it to be safe again, I took photographs of nature on my street and in the nearby woods. I went places I could reach easily on foot, never too far from home. Then, back in my studio, I painted canvases with fierce colors and strokes, then photographed those paintings. In Photoshop, I combined my photographs of nature and of my paintings, creating fantastical layer upon layer. The final step, digital drawing, involved scraping away one layer to reveal the other underneath.


Multiple layers were like the inklings of one universe refracting through another. The resulting compositions have an urgent energy that I now recognize, looking back, as the friction between a personal landscape that was deep with grief and the vibrancy of the imagined life I longed for and missed.


I’ve continued to work on this series in the years that have followed, as our life has moved forward. We’ve emerged from isolation to seek greater connections with others and the world beyond our home. I see in this series too an ongoing nurturance of the spark within us. What once felt like an alternative timeline is now our life, the only story of our life that is real, the one that includes both trauma and reemergence.

Multiverse I, 2020-2023

Multiverse II, 2020-2024

Multiverse III, 2020-2021

Multiverses are available as archival pigment prints in editions of 10 + 2AP, inclusive of multiple sizes.

Install Shot of Nancy Looking at Multiverse II v4 - web size.jpg

On view at Cape Cod Community College's Higgins Gallery, as part of the solo show All Things Are Connected. West Barnstable, MA. 2024.

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