Nancy Agati’s work addresses transformations and patterns in nature through physical investigations of materials. Her multidisciplinary work includes; works on paper, printmaking, sculpture, textile, site-specific installation, and public art. Agati holds a BFA from Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NY, and an MFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work widely throughout Philadelphia, nationally, and abroad. Agati was a recipient of a Windows of Opportunity Grant from the Leeway Foundation and has been awarded artist-in-residence placements at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, Lo Studio dei Nipoti, Calabria, Italy, and Main & Station in Nova Scotia. In 2014, as a Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellow, Agati began investigating the intersection of mindfulness meditation as it relates to her art-making process.
Tessere is a series of cut paper rubbings made from hand-carved ceramic tiles. The patterns are modified versions derived from a geometric formula for Moroccan tile design. Each piece is an interwoven composition of 2 or more overlapping patterns. This series began in June 2020. The meditative process, both focused and detailed, offered a way to consider order amidst chaos, and beauty at a time of apparent darkness.