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Nancy Floyd

Bend, Oregon

Artist Statement

Weathering Time, 1982-present

I am interested in the aging female body, the passage of time, and loss. I use photography and video to address the ways in which lens-based media can connect deeply with experience and memory.
I have been photographing myself since 1982. If I fail to take a picture on a given day, I advance the film one frame so no image is recorded. This visual calendar consists of 2,500+ photographs that include my body from head to toe, as well as my environment. On occasion, I insert digital reenactment files to contrast with specific images or add an old family photograph for more context.

Most often I’m by myself in these straightforward images, but sometimes I’m with family and friends. As time passes, births, deaths, celebrations, and bad days happen. Pets come and go, fashions and hairstyles evolve, typewriters, analog clocks, and telephones with cords disappear; film gives way to digital, and the computer replaces the darkroom.

While there are many photographers making daily or yearly photographs of themselves or others, I know of no photographer who uses my methodology. Not only does Weathering Time chronicle my youth to the dawn of my old age, the images also reflect the experiences of my generation and underscore the cultural, technological, and physical changes that have occurred over the past 36 years.

Weathering Time is ongoing. I will continue to mine the collection, creating new diptychs, triptychs and polytychs. While exhibition opportunities are always a goal, my long-term goals are three-fold: 1) to exhibit all the photographs sequentially and unedited; 2) to publish a book; and 3) to find an institution to take the archive once I am no longer able to make pictures.

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Nancy Floyd's Portfolio

Nancy Floyd, Evolution of the Darkroom 1983-2016, 2015. Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 13.5”
Nancy Floyd, Thirty-Five Years 1982-2016, 2017, Archival inkjet print on Canson Plantine, 51” x 48”
Nancy Floyd, Evolution of Pants 1982-2016, 2017, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 102”
Nancy Floyd, Evolution of the Typewriter 1983-2013, 2015, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 41.3”
Nancy Floyd, Protest 1984/1988/2016/2018, 2018, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 27.2”
Nancy Floyd, Home 2000/2013/2017, 2017, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 20.3”
Nancy Floyd, Moving 1983/1999/2018, 2018, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 20.3”
Nancy Floyd, Jimmy ca. 1960/1969/2013, 2017, Archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Fiber, 10” x 14.7
Nancy Floyd, The Month Dad Died, May 2002, 2015, Archival inkjet print on Epson Luster, 31” x 41”
Nancy Floyd, Installation Shot of Categories From the Archive, 1982-2016, 2017, Text on Epson Matte, white frames, 98” x 29.25”

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Artist Biography

Nancy Floyd has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. She has received numerous grants and awards including a 2018 Aaron Siskind Photography Fellowship, 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. She was also Runner-up for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize and a 2018 finalist for The Print Center’s 93rd Annual International Competition. Temple University Press published her first book, She’s Got a Gun, in 2008.

Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY; Whitespace, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonia, TX; Solomon Projects, Atlanta; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; White Columns, New York, NY; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA. Since 2009, her work has been part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Archive, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn.

Floyd holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from Columbia College Chicago, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She is Emeritus Professor in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in Atlanta and lives in Bend, Oregon.



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