Today we’d like to introduce you to Nana Williams.
Nana, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where I received my diploma in Photography from die Graphische. (Even though illustrative art has always been my number one calling from childhood on.) My professional path then leads me to the US where I met husband and eventual business partner. Together we moved to Pasadena, where we lived for 5 years and only recently moved to Portland, Oregon. We mostly worked with 3D media, creating faux taxidermy and art dolls, while I was showing my own personal work in galleries around the States. Since beginning of 2018 I have switched to painting full time and had my first stand-alone solo show in March of the same year.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve always been keen on the Vienna Secession, Pre-Raphaelites as well as Renaissance art. Artists in these schools like to include symbols in their form language and I’m very drawn to that. Personally, I like to incorporate motives of nature and how we interact with it, of strong emotions hiding under a surface of serenity. I like to play with color and themes that tell a deeper story at a second glance. I also often track back in history and draw from the darker tales of our past, themes from mythology, witchcraft and folk believes keep finding their way into my thought process.
I also have an ongoing series about endangered animals, I want to portray them as they are, beautiful, fragile and irreplaceable. Human greed and ignorance has done horrendous harm to our planet and I want to raise awareness to the dangers humanity poses to the nature surrounding us. I’ve always had a hard time shutting up; and especially in today’s political climate I find it impossible to sit back and let things go, so I want to express myself through what is most important to me, animals and environment, equality and finding strength in, especially women’s, perceived weakness.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I’m definitely trying to make a conscious effort to reflect my personal feelings and believes about the world in my body of work. The world is a scary place these days, but we should not let the monsters get to us, we need to fight back. As long as we have a voice, we need to use it. Art has always been a way of spreading messages and sharing opinions. It’s a powerful medium and we should not let it be wasted. I feel as artists and even more so as human beings we have a responsibility to speak up about today’s issues and not ever underestimate how much power art can have.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me on Instagram under @nana_porcelain and you can view a selected body of work on my website http://nanawilliams.com, where I also have a webshop with prints, pins and more. So, if you want to support the arts, but don’t have the coin, I have plenty of small ticket items available.
I also have some original work available through galleries such as Flowerpepper Gallery (Los Angeles), Helikon Gallery (Denver) and Arch Enemy Arts (Philadelphia). I highly recommend giving them a visit. Online or, even better, in real life.
- Website: http://nanawilliams.com
- Instagram: @nana_porcelain