Artspire 2020 Virtual Art Fair & Sale • Artist Profiles

Nan Marshall Viroqua, WI

Nan Marshall Designs

I have always enjoyed texture. I love the way different materials can come together to create unexpected surfaces. The life of the object happens at the connection between materials or even within them as smooth gives way to a rough, soft meets hard, and straight takes an unexpected turn.  Color only allows this contrast more fully to emerge, either as a subtle counterpoint in the background or in a full, orchestral blast. 

Metal offers a rigid background to which movement and color can be added. It is fun and challenging to coax metal into various forms while adding other materials for balance. I enjoy the opportunity to play with a torch to soften metal and paint it with heat-induced patterns and colors. To this background I add a touch of whimsy with recycled materials and found objects. I want my jewelry to bring joy to people and allow them to express themselves.