Untitled by Nancy Palubniak

Nancy Palubniak

“My work responds to the natural world that surrounds me in northeastern PA.  I walk the forest, along streams and ponds, and the environment that I see stimulates my thought process, which pushes me to research what I observe; this observation/research response creates a framework for my concepts.

Drawing and printmaking are the focus of my studio practice. I began collecting feathers that birds left behind in my garden and these eventually became a part of my printmaking process.  During covid I had time to closely observe the behavior of birds that visited the feeder and I noticed their strange, unusual twitching movements.  Research led me to understand that a virus was spreading through many of the avian species, affecting their health and numbers. The changes I observe which are occurring in the immediate environment and that are caused largely by human actions become prompts for new work.


The work, Untitled (birds), 2023, which I now think of as “The Hawley Birds,” is a monoprint, meaning it is a “one-of” print made using oil base etching ink and gold acrylic paint.  For this print, I painted the gold sun on printmaking paper, cut out birds forms, transferred blue ink to the bird forms, and then after positioning them on top of the sun I fan them through an etching press to transfer the birds to the print.  I use gold in my work as a way to connect with the idea of something being precious and therefore valuable.

Untitled (birds), 2023, 12×18, monoprint: ultramarine blue oil base etching ink and hand painted gold sun on Somerset paper.