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BlackRock’s “Domestic Pursuits” Features Three MoCo Artists



BlackRock Center for the Arts will present “Domestic Pursuits: Nancy McNamara, Dominie Nash, Hillary Stee,” an exhibit featuring three artists from Montogmery County from Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, April 15, in the Kay Gallery. The center will host a Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Exploring the objects and emotions often linked to the daily lives of women, artists Nancy McNamara, Dominie Nash, and Hillary Steel celebrate domestic pursuits in both subject and technique used to create hand-pulled prints and stitched and woven textile works.

McNamara uses collagraph, solar plate, and other printmaking techniques to experiment with images of women’s garments as she explores feminine stereotypes in society. Nash creates fiber collages by layering hand-dyed and printed fabrics in quilted compositions featuring humble still life objects which express the importance of domestic activities. Steel weaves thread into cloth then transforms the woven surface by resist dyeing, printing, cutting and reassembling her textile works into abstract visual narratives embodying the labor of her process.


The “Domestic Pursuits” exhibit marks a new kind of collaboration for McNamara, Nash and Ste