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Family Matters 2017- present

'Family Matters' is the series that evolved as a result of my inheriting the contents of four storage units. 

My aunt died in 1992, my mother in 2004. I recovered their possessions in four storage units that belonged to my recently deceased brother. More than a year after his passing I am still processing my legacy, sorting and documenting these treasures. Over 200 textiles—handkerchiefs, silk scarves, handmade dresses and ornamental flowers, photographs and objects filled suitcases and cardboard boxes.

This work represents a reappraisal of values. To me my brothers death was not only about his loss but about the entire family and its interrelationships.. The paintings, assemblage. and installations include objects and photographs that record my families issues of immigration, hard work, and love . 



Title:  Mother Love

Strings of pearls are stitched onto a white silk chiffon rectangle (found in my grandmother’s fabric collection); my brother’s army dog tags nestle in the stripes of mother’s pearls. I found the necklaces in boxes of costume jewelry and combining them with his dog tags made concrete for me my mother’s love of son and country.

1-joy nagy-8_ x 10_ oil on canvas-1 day


Oil on canvas 10 x 12” 

Family photographs reexamined. Inspired by my father's sense of composition

My paintings revisit environments and family atmosphere.


Scarf apothecary

Over 200 textiles—handkerchiefs, silk scarves are placed in glass apothecary jars . 

Painted panels:

Pastel, gouache on Arches archival 300 lb paper 7 x 40” ea.

Oil on canvas 12 x 72"  panels

Inspired by the scarf apothecary, color and tactile quality of my silk scarf legacy are captured in this series of panels on paper and canvas.