Whether I am constructing three-dimensional works out of doll-house-sized objects, taking a “straight” photograph, or patiently gluing beads and glitter onto watercolor paper, I am always thinking about the intimate, the personal and how these notions fit into a larger world we all share. I began my artistic journey in search of a way to heal myself and my relationships.
One of my earliest works, The Little Boxes, tells the visual story in minute, separate scenes of a “perfect childhood” where I never really felt my mother was “present.” This led me to discover the power of opening a dialogue between others and myself thru Art.
In Family Secrets, little doll-house-sized figurines trapped in antique cloche-covered scenes are sitting quite literally on their past. I am consciously never turning back to the source of inspiration, but the stranger’s stories strangely begin to intertwine with my own…
I believe that personal stories, in their universal quality, have the power to break frontiers of space, time, language and that once the link is created it leads to healing for all concerned.
I interview women and men about their deepest emotional pain in order to create People. In an effort to stay true to their abstract descriptions, I transpose their responses into spatters of bright, atomized inks and paints and accumulations of glitter, beads, gauze, nails … I think that there is something about the process of verbalizing pain in an abstract way that is therapeutic on a very deep level.
It is time - a light-hearted series of photographs reminding us of our proportional place in the universe and The intimate life of nature - a set of 10 little 3D display boxes where I foreground photographs of a woman’s body with little garden tools, taking a close look at how woman and plants communicate in theirs cycles, are both a gentle attempt to heal our relationship with our environment.
More recently I have been analyzing thru large, still life photographs my life long passion for White Goods and the meaning of the color white … it’s ultimate balance and harmony, it’s complete energy, it’s universal message linked to peace, purity, virginity, healing … but also absence and deficiency.
So often people tell me “You should work on a larger scale, expand, look further…”
but ultimately, that old adage about the Truth you seek lurking “in your own backyard” makes sense to me.
Why should we go explore the Far Away, the Inaccessible, when the answers we are seeking might reside in our families, our neighbors, and in ourselves?
Prune Nourry is part of the exhibition "THE ARTISTS OF THE INVISIBLE DOG" on viewing on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11
Portrait by Malcolm Brown
for more information please visit www.theinvisibledog.org