- Decomposing Amaryllis 05
- First Ten Prime Numbers, Suite 1, 2004
- The First Ten Prime Numbers, Suite II, 2004
- In the Garden of the Bee Priestess II: Sacred Grove 3, 2008
- Eggs 2, 2008
- Eggs 3, 2008
- Double Bud, 2009
- Azure 1, 2010
- Azure 2, 2010
- Broom 1, 2010
- Broom 2, 2010
- Mandala, 2010
- Decam 05, 2011
- Hydrangea 4, 2011
- Decor 5: Coming to the Womb 2, 2012
- Decor 6: Fragile Power 1, 2012
- Havisham 01, 2013
- KangRu 4, 2013
- KangRu 4 (Kangaroo Paws), 2013
- Lube, 2013
Self-described as an “eco-feminist” artist, Nancy Macko creates work that spans diverse media and investigates connections between nature, art, science, and technology.
Nancy Macko received her graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Macko is Professor of Art at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Macko's work is in numerous public collections including: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Brown University; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art; the New York Public Library; North Dakota Museum of Art; Pomona College Museum of Art; Gilkey Center for Graphic Art, Portland Art Museum; and the RISD Museum of Art.
Recent one-person exhibitions include Texas A&M University; The Museum of the Southwest, TX; The Pentacrest Museums, University of Iowa; The Discovery Museum, CT; University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Upcoming exhibitions scheduled at Hilliard Art Museum University of Louisiana; Phillips Museum of Art, PA; and Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, MI.
Today, Nancy Macko combines elements of printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a unique visual language. This combination of media allows her to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the importance of ancient matriarchal cultures, as well as to explore her interests in the relationships between art and technology, science, evolution and ecology. Eleanor Heartney writes about Macko's work: "Ecofeminism discerns and fosters interconnections between society, nature, and the cosmos. (Macko's photography) involves the recognition that life and non-life are engaged in a continual process of exchange and transformation, it provides the perfect metaphor for a new paradigm for social organization."
Since the early nineties, Nancy Macko has drawn upon images of the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Today, she combines elements of printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a unique visual language. This combination of media allows her to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the importance of ancient matriarchal cultures, as well as to explore her interests in the relationships between art and technology, science, evolution and ecology.
For the last ten years, Macko has been photographing flora using a macro lens in order to reveal the less apparent, less obvious features concealed within these beautiful specimens. She captures them from bud to bloom to seed -- all manifestations of the life cycle. Her current research includes documenting native bee-attracting flora, beginning in Southern California and branching out to the northeast and the high elevation area of the Rocky Mountains.
Her previous explorations addressed issues of memory loss, dementia and cognitive decline –changes she witnessed as they affected her aging mother’s mental health. Uniting a life-long commitment to incorporate a spiritual respect for the world with her subject matter, Macko integrated aspects of aging and decline with notions of the spirit of life regardless of what point on the continuum we find ourselves. Her interest in 'end of life' has clearly informed her photography.
Macko’s mid-career survey show, Hive Universe: Nancy Macko, 1994-2006, was exhibited at the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006-7 and was accompanied by a full color catalog. This was the most substantive and comprehensive examination of her work to date and included over 60 pieces spanning various media—traditional and digital prints, video, and mixed media works on wood panels. As part of the national Feminist Art Project, Hive Universe was the forerunning exhibition in Los Angeles to recognize the achievements of the feminist art movement. Her work has been reviewed and written about in Artweek, ArtScene, Artillery, Coast, exposure, Daily Serving, LA Weekly and the LA Times among other publications and journals.
Originally from New York, Macko received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in painting and printmaking. She has been a practicing artist since the early 1980’s, producing over fifty solo exhibitions and participating in over 150 exhibitions both nationally and abroad. She has received more than 30 research and achievement awards for her art. She has traveled extensively and has had highly productive artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Musee d’Pont Aven in Brittany, France.
Seven SistersSeven Mature Women Artists with a review by Eleanor Heartney 15 Mar - 30 Nov 2022The title of this show points to these artists’ kinship. It also riffs off the backstory of the Pleiades, a constellation of stars who are also known as the Seven Sisters. Astronomically the Seven Sisters are described as a group of middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the...
The End is NearFive Contemporary Photographers curated by D. Dominick Lombardi 30 Sep 2021 - 31 May 2022The End is Near With or without a pandemic, it is natural for many of us to often think worst-case scenario in a number of situations. It comes with the territory as we go through life exposed to news broadcasts, social media snippets or through casual conversations that direct our...
Nancy Macko : DecompositionsVirtual Solo Exhibition 31 May 2021 - 31 Dec 2022Nancy Macko | DECOMPOSITIONS | An Immersive Digital Experience and Gallery Exhibition KTC Affiliated Artists is very pleased to present Decompositions, an exhibition of new work by photographer Nancy Macko. The exhibition is presented online in a virtual gallery space that can be accessed at https://bit.ly/ccpdecompositions . This is Macko’s...
KTC Affiliated Artists Inaugural Exhibition Part IA Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Art by 11 Artists 1 Jul 2020 - 31 Oct 2021KTC Affiliated Artists launches a new virtual art exhibition space dedicated to digital representation of artwork on the internet. The KTC Affiliated Artists Inaugural Exhibition Part I presents eleven established artists whose distinguished careers span decades. The artists: Anne Hieronymus , Sol Hill , Kaethe Kauffman , Victoria Lowe ,...
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Changing States and Gorgeous Decayessay by Eleanor Heartney about Nancy Macko's "Decompositions" April 11, 2021VISIT THE VIRTUAL GALLERY EXHIBTION HERE The photographs in Nancy Macko's Decompositions series present amorphous forms floating in a watery ether. Light streaks through the compositions, muted slightly by a translucent film that gives the whole composition the soft patina of an old master painting. The images hover between abstraction and representation. Recognizable scraps of organic waste - a striated piece of onion skin, a curl of orange rind, the softly undulating rumple of a cabbage leaf - come together to suggest mysterious landscapes, human bodies, strange sea creatures and...
Nancy Macko: The Story of Lola's Tapestry and Work from "The Fragile Bee"March 26, 2021Artist Nancy Macko tells about the extraordinary floral tapestry she created for Schow Hall at Scripps College taking viewers through the process from pixel to thread. She also presents work from her traveling exhibition, 'The Fragile Bee' to the Fine Arts Foundation on March 10, 2021. A professor of art at Scripps College who specializes in studio art, media studies, and gender and women’s studies, Macko began a commission for a tapestry for the Georgia B. Ridder Living Room of the newly constructed Schow Hall in 2017. The process took...