Nancy Lamb (American, born 1956) is a sculptor and painter who blends aspects of whimsy, wit and sophistication to create snapshots of interpersonal intrigue. Her characters and scenarios, nameless and cryptic, depict our friends, our neighbors, our families and ourselves from the perspective of a voyeuristic, all-seeing eye.
“I paint people un-posed and off-guard. I am trying to catch the true spirit of the moment, I introduce a penetrating quality that is created by slipping behind the social facade to uncover the mask society demands. I try to capture a still-life of the psychology of this suspended expression and combine it with textures, fabric and designs that go along with the visual rhetoric.” – Nancy Lamb
Her voyeuristic work is informed by candid photographs she takes at social events in and around north Texas. Using a 35mm camera, Lamb shoots preparatory images on film that inform her dramatically cropped compositions. The viewer’s access to the action in the scenes is restricted by this limited perspective, which serves to peak our curiosity about the enigmatic figures.Her paintings prod at the cracks in the social façades of her figures’ public personas. She believes those moments are when the true nature of the individual are visible.
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