Byzantine Grid, 2001
Ink on Mylar
60 x 56 inches
Courtesy Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York




Born in Bogotá, Columbia to an American father and a Columbian mother, Nancy Friedemann lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. For Friedemann, the drawing process is a meditative act by which to weave and metaphorically re-establish intimate connections between two eras and two cultures. Through a complex drawing system of delicate ink lines, circles, dots, hatch marks, and automatic script, she reinterprets old lace and wallpaper patterns on wall-size sheets of transparent Mylar, each drawing echoing the linear intricacies of the lace curtains that hung in her grandmother’s house in Bogotá. The expansive and embracing scale of her work reflects the desire to fully recognize how commonplace domestic patterns can shape the contours of personal experience and can serve to unravel the imagination in unexpected ways.

Nancy Friedemann
Born 1962 Bogotá, Columbia. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Friedemann has had recent solo exhibitions at Galeria Diners in Bogotá, Columbia (2004), Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art in New York (2003), and Queens Museum of Art in Queens, New York (2001). Her work has been featured in group shows at The Work Space in New York (2002); Exit Art in New York (2002); Islip Museum in Islip , New York (2002); and Gasworks in London (2001).