Nancy Wisti Grayson


My studio has been a platform to create narratives about the transient nature of time, history, landscape, memory, discovery and acquisition.

The images simulate found mementos or archaeological artifacts, evoking a sense of mystery and nostalgia for a fictional past through the tropes of the fragment, ruin and souvenir.

I'm interested in how an object shows us not only what is, but also the possibility of what might have been.

By abstracting memories and reframing beliefs of what we accept as being real, the pieces have a sense of play and discovery.








(special thanks to Crystal Rosenthal, classical archaeologist, essayist and curator at Peripheral Vision Arts, for her words in the second paragraph).