I was recently introduced to the intriguing art work of Nancy Youdelman. She creates sculptures made of objects and bronze. She transforms actual clothing from discarded buttons, anonymous photographs, forgotten correspondence, leaves and dried flowers. Nancy’s intent is to suggest the fleeting, beautiful yet bittersweet nature of our existence.
According to Youdelman, “a ‘special occasion dress’ can be a powerful metaphor for the cycle of life: new it is fresh and beautiful, worn with pleasure, then put in the closet where it fades and is eventually cast aside, very much like leaves falling from a tree in autumn.” Youdelman’s desire is to create artwork that can be beautiful yet disquieting; giving homage to the distant past.
I would love to own one of these pieces. I do find the artwork to be beautiful yet diquieting, just as the artist inetended. What do you think of Youdelman’s work?