Nancy Calef Presents: Peoplescapes - My Story from Purging to Painting


Book Release/Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6 – 9 PM

In Peoplescapes, artist Nancy Calef shares with readers her journey transcending an eating disorder and the paintings and drawings that helped her recover. The vibrant scenes depicted in her work are exaggerated forms of the human condition. Characters are often rendered in 3D, sculpted on the canvas, with symbolism and commentary, together producing a razor sharp narrative on issues facing society.

“This memoir tells the story of how Calef ingeniously transformed her mother’s ravenous ambition for Nancy to be a ‘star’ — through much childhood and young adulthood suffering — into a world stage where the audience becomes sensitively and beautifully executed human beings, evoked with irony, humor, and pathos in a painting style uniquely her own.” —Jack Hirschman, award-winning author, poet, painter, and former poet laureate of San Francisco

“Nancy Calef has distinguished herself as a role model for this generation. In a world where girls and young women are confronted with idealized images, Nancy, sharing her inner life, demonstrates that a mind in creative process can prevail in the face of childhood pain.” —Debra Gill, LCSW, training and supervising psychoanalyst, Contemporary Freudian Society, New York