Nancy’s writing has been commissioned by arts and literature organisations including the British Academy, Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, the Royal Academy of Arts, Situations, Write Queer London, and Visual Arts in Rural Communities. Some publications are listed below.
Nancy regularly contributes feature articles and reviews to the Times Literary Supplement, The Island Review, Printmaking Today and other magazines.
A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects
Climate Cultures, 2018
I was invited to select and describe three objects which represent a personal timeline of the Anthropocene. Read online.
Visual Arts in Rural Communities, 2017
Introduction to the exhibition catalogue of Lucy May Schofield’s year-long artist residency in the Northumberland National Park. Read online via The Double Negative.
No More Words for Snow
Walking on Lava: Selected Works for Uncivilised Times, 2017
Essay on poetics and preservation in the Arctic. Read online at the Dark Mountain blog.
How Poets Write Letters
Times Literary Supplement, 2017
Review of several critical and creative publications on letters. In the 25 January print edition, or online.
Bacon / Freud: Selected Graphic Works
Marlborough Fine Art, 2017
Introduction to the graphic work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Catalogue available in print and online here.
From Belle Epoque to Brexit
Bankside Gallery, 2016
Introduction to the catalogue of the National Original Print Exhibition.
The Play of Light and the Action of Shadows
Royal Academy, 2016
Co-author of Bill Jacklin: Graphics, a new and authoritative catalogue of the artist’s prints.
Sculptors in Print
Marlborough Fine Art, 2016
Catalogue essay for an exhibition of graphic work by Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra and Kiki Smith.
The Big Read: Poetry on Ice
Feature describing life as Writer-in-Residence in the far north of Greenland. Read in the 15 January edition, or online.
Times Literary Supplement, 2015
A column about sharing a small Icelandic town with a TV crew filming the Nordic Noir TV drama Ófærð (‘Trapped’). Read in the 19 June issue, or online to subscribers.
Death of a Foster Son
Essay on the relationship between humans and polar bears in the Arctic. Read online here
Preface to a book by Hormazd Narielwalla, an artist revitalizing bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns as unique paper collages.
The Art of Losing
Island Review, 2014
Two features: an interview with the artist/explorer Emma Stibbon RA, and an essay on her work.
The Library of Ice
Terrain, 2014 (Winner of the Terrain NonFiction Contest)
‘This beautiful, contemplative essay turns the pages of the world backwards’—Julian Hoffman. Read online here
Names for the Sea
Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, 2013
Catalogue essay for the exhibition Voyage: Sea journeys, Island hopping and Transoceanic concepts.
Bird Editions, 2012
A record of daily life in the Danish hamlet of Doverodde. This illustrated ‘diary’ took the form of a blog before being published in book form.
Héðinsfjarðargöng: A Slow Understanding
This essay considers the Icelandic relationship to rock, and the cultural significance of new road tunnels being drilled through mountains in the north of the island. Read pdf here
Arctic Arts Blog
Huffington Post, 2012–13
Several reviews of work in response to the polar regions by contemporary artists and writers. Read online here
The Blue Notebook, 2009
Essay on the history of typographic representations of sign language. Read the pdf here
Between the Lines
Review of Landmarks, an edition of Dan Pagis’ poems by printmaker Lynne Avadenka. Read it online here