Nancy Pearce, (that’s me), is an artist living in Los Angeles. She takes everyday items like a dish sponge or bagel and casts them in bronze to elevate these everyday forms into art, creating trophies of the mundane, and documenting the ephemera of today into artifacts for future generations. By choosing objects from the domestic sphere, the work is also meant to showcase the disparity in unpaid care work performed by women leading to huge inequities in pay globally, and locally.
THE FOUNDRY AND THE WORK
In a contemporary art market where the price of something is not related to its value, with collectors and gallerists and auction houses jockeying to inflate and maintain values for work by artists anointed with the Midas touch, you don’t have to worry about any of that with Pearce bronze! At least not yet. This work genuinely has the Midas touch, if everything Midas touched turned into an alloy of copper, manganese and zinc. The foundry used to create these pieces is owned by an 85 year old man who inherited it from his parents. He’s not going to last long too much longer, nor does his wife want to keep dipping into their savings to keep the business afloat. His kids have no interest in continuing the trade and unless a family member takes over, the foundry will no longer be grandfathered into the currently allowed industrial zoning uses. The bronze is sourced from old water meters and other recycled hunks. Then there’s the hours of polishing. What I’m trying to say is, you don’t have to worry about the relationship of this art to its value, and Banksy can’t shred it. And hopefully the piece will spark joy, so Marie Kondo won’t make you get rid of it.