Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ask an Artist: Nancy O'Neil, Looking Forward/Looking Back

Levine Museum is excited to host Looking Forward/Looking Back, an exhibit of the public art to be integrated into the first phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar project. The exhibit of collages by artist Nancy O’Neil is on display now through March 30, 2015. 

Please meet artist Nancy O'Neil

What inspired you to work on such a massive project?

I wasn't afraid to take this on because I had experience with large projects —in 2000 I did a huge glass curtain wall for the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center.  And I had one prior experience with windscreens a couple of years ago in Salt Lake City. Check out my website,

My work is very much about place, so a transit job with lots of stations is great for me.  Each station has its own story to tell.  I get to find out about all the different neighborhoods —history, culture, natural features, etc. And I get to use old maps, which I love. This kind of project provides me with a lot of good material for my collages. It’s the kind of work I like best.

I especially like making unexpected connections and weaving things together.  I have respect for the past, how it affects us, and propels us into the future.

What feelings, thoughts, emotions do you want your artwork to invoke on Charlotte’s riders?

Some of the panels are more emotionally powerful than others but I think every station has something for people to think about. We will have to wait and see.

How was it working with many individuals and their passion for Charlotte’s history?

Everyone I worked with was extremely knowledgable and people were very generous with their time. All of the archives people really went the extra mile for me, and I am grateful.

What challenges did you face creating the artwork?

At times I wished I lived closer —there was an awful lot of research to do long distance!

What can riders expect?

I think people will like the colors and the overall designs. People tend to spend a lot of time looking at the photos and many people are intrigued by the maps and like to study them closely. Based on my recent experience with a series of windscreens I installed in Denver, lots of people will want to know more about what they are looking at.  Once these windscreens are in place I will photograph them and put  a complete Key to all of the imagery and sources on my website so that people can learn more.

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  1. شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالمدينة المنورة
    تقضي على النمل الابيض والاسود وتضمن بعون الله عدم عودتة مره اخرى فنحن نعلم الى اى مدى اضرار هذه الحشرة الملعونة لذلك تسخدم لها نوع خاص من المبيد الحشري الذى يقوم باداتها نهائيا
    شركة رش مبيدات بالمدينة المنورة
    مشهوة باستخدام افضل انواع الميدات الحشرية المستورده للقضاء على هذه الحشرة

  2. شركة مكافحة حشرات بينبع
    شركة تقضي على كل انواع الحشرات مثل النمل الابيض فهي افضل شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بينبعكما أنها تقضي على حشرة بق الفراش التي تسبب إزعاج لكل الأسرة فنحن شركة مكافحة البق بينبع نقضي عليه في الحال عن طريق مبيدات فعالة،وأيضاً نخلصكم من الفئران فلدينا في شركة مكافحة فئران بينبع بعض الطرق والأساليب التي تقضي على الفئران من المنزل،وأيضا نقوم بمكافحة الصراصير ورشها بمبيدات فعالة فلدينا في شركة مكافحة صراصير بينبع مبيدات مستوردة ومصرح بها من وزارة الصحة لذا فلا تترددوا في التواصل معنا