Joy Nagy, a native New Yorker, fell in love with the burdock weed in 2003 and has been documenting botanical underdogs ever since. She has studied at the School of Visual Arts, the New York Studio School, and the Arts Students League. Her two most recent solo exhibits were held at the Staten Island Museum and The Moray Center, Findhorn, Scotland. She has participated in residenies at Jentel, The Saltonstall Foundation and Ox-Bow, where she was named one of Ox-Bow’s three Centennial Artists this year. Nagy’s work is held in private and corporate collections.

Through exploration and examination of natural elements Nagy gains an infinite source of inspiration. Her work on paper reflects documentation by direct observation, using watercolor and graphite studies.

During her residency she will use historical and botanical reference to visually document the different types and locations of trees on the Island. ‘Observing the architecture of the island reveals a rich history; the trees of Governor’s Island are another story.’

Image credit: courtesy of the artist