Join FPAC in celebration of the ARTiculations: Three Artists/Three Mediums.
Artists Gisela Griffith, Mario Kon and Beverly Sky all have something to say about their experience of the human condition. Whether through complex assemblages of religious iconography (Griffith), studies in visual vibrations (Kon) or meditations on the nature of love (Sky).
My present body of work was inspired by the current tensions between religion and politics. Religion has been an underlying concept in my work but the rise of religious fundamentalism pervading the political landscape on a global scale compels me to openly explore religiosity, particularly how religious doctrine is internalized. I examine the effects of religious indoctrination through the deconstruction of a bible, transforming it into assemblages that reflect a personal perspective.
My work takes as its focus the visual tensions that transform space geometrically. I use a variety of techniques to manipulate lines, curves and shapes to create movement and depth, and to pierce the space between the two dimensional and three dimensional worlds.
I work on wood because of its organic qualities, and approach my studio practice with a spontaneous yet focused curiosity about the mysteries held on the surface as well as deep within. Negative and positive spaces are held together by the way light touches the surfaces, achieving balance between opposing forces. Much of my work seeks to express the interaction of time, space and energy as it exists in the universe.
Everything we are and everything in the universe and on Earth originated from stardust, and it continually floats through us even today. It directly connects us to the universe, rebuilding our bodies over and again over our lifetimes. We are impermanent and our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies. All the material in our bodies originates with that residual stardust, and it finds its way into plants, and from there into the nutrients that we need for everything we do— think, move, grow and love. My fabric collage piece titled
Microcosm >< Macrocosm: We Are Stardust, is a meditation on the fundamental nature of love in our world.