Tales from the Co-op:
Nancy Ariza

The Aviator II, woodcut

My current body of work explores storytelling and illustration through a series of charming characters. It features anthropomorphic critters native to Minnesota and speaks to my love of the outdoors. Through the use of a children’s book aesthetic, I aim to capture a sense of nostalgia and innocence. These endearing scenes attest to my years of working with youth and include a humorous touch.

My printmaking process fluctuates between traditional and nontraditional. My most recent woodcuts employ my carving skills and techniques to create simple, clean, and graphic images that challenge the medium. The use of lightweight, natural-colored Japanese papers add to the delicate quality of these prints.

After completing my BFA from Minnesota State University- Mankato, I moved closer to the Twin Cities and knew I wanted to join a printmaking community. That fall, I began my relationship with Highpoint as an Education Intern and joined the co-op. One year later, I held my first solo exhibition in the Threshold Gallery. Highpoint has given me a safe space to continue to make work and develop my skills. I am truly thankful to be part of this community.