Nanette Rae Freeman
Nanette Rae Freeman worked as a librarian for the Chicago Public Library for 25 years, serving children and young adults throughout the city. Now an artist, she attributes her interest in found materials to traveling with her father, who owned, operated and repaired pinball, jukebox and vending machines at venues across Chicago. Nanette channeled her interest in found objects into her art-making after she lost her husband in an accident. Today, she creates pieces from found materials as she believes each item carries powerful associations, subtle messages and multiple meanings, contributing to her work.