Nancy Handler incorporates collaged elements from all kinds of books, periodicals, illustrations, and painting to create diminutive works of both kitsch and horror. Decay and dissolution of the body and its historical environs are suggested in bright and appealing flower-strewn tableaux, suggesting the death and destruction that bellies the living world, like Ophelia’s corpse in a beautiful forest clearing.
Handler has a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both in painting and drawing, as well as a postgraduate Educational Specialist degree in photography from Florida International University.
After working in the fashion world for some time, Handler returned to her art practice and teaching for Dade County Public Schools and as an adjunct for Miami-Dade College and the International Fine Arts College. She has shown her work in numerous group shows in Miami and New York. Handler lives and works in Boynton Beach, Florida.