Nancy Pirri (b. 1963, Brooklyn, NY) is a working artist, focusing on ceramic figures, in Chicago, IL. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1985 studying studio art. She is currently represented by Blue Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Alma Art & Interiors, Chicago; Acquisitions of Fine Art, Hinsdale, IL, and Inner Haven Gallery, Grayslake, IL. Her studio is located at Lillstreet Studios, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 2nd Floor.
If one could see the depth and complexity of a woman plainly on her surface, would we see beauty? Would we see their scars, if we look closely enough? I let each woman tell her story through my hands.
My work is about woman’s struggle to find emotional balance, which I depict using texture, expression, attitude, and gesture. While every woman has strength, compassion, and an incalculable ability to endure, we also have complex roles of mother, lover, sister, friend, or wife, where our arguably weaker sex is continually called upon to put others before ourselves.