This week it's all about visual artist Tia Gillespie, our first participant from Canada, who's inspired by the sculptor, Guy Laramee. The painting shown here is a self-portrait, which I think is a very good example of her work. You can see examples of both artist's work at the bottom of the page.
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It’s All About Tia Gillespie
It’s All About Guy Laramee
I am inspired by sculptor, Guy Laramee. The sculptures, from his works “Biblios”, offered me the reflective space that I aspire to offer others through my work.
The piece I have chosen to share with you here has especially touched me, stirring in me the desire to preserve thought and ideas in physical form, as I feel his works symbolize preservation. While carving away at the pages, he keeps their inherent purpose alive, conserving the past within them.
Guy excavates stories from the pages of the books making visual testaments to the past. I have drawn from literature and storytelling the inspiration for creating my works on preservation. The essence Laramee’s work exudes is mystical and enchanting – like mist in the negative space. I love how he uses the book as his medium. The beauty of the dichotomy between the books’ strength and its fragility has a tasteful appeal to me.
Having always been drawn to sculpture, I think in a three dimensional way. The problem solving I enjoy in making artwork is taking those three dimensional ideas and translating them into two dimensional forms.
It's All About Me
About my own work: "The Last Brother"
My painting you see here, "The Last Brother", is part of an ongoing series inspired by fairy tales. These works about preserving the images of the fables, runs parallel with another series I am working on to memorialize portraits for animals that have passed away or disappeared. My pieces are more process driven, starting with the want to pay tribute to something.
Through the creation of the piece, I preserve that idea in a visual form, frozen in time and memory. Fairy Tales inspire me as they reflect the preservation of someone else’s creative thought as illustrated through literature.
While reading "The Wild Swans" by Hans Christian Anderson, I imagined scenes becoming paintings. This piece illustrates the last of 12 princes' to be transformed from swans back into human form. His sister, the princess, wove each brother a jacket of nettle, to break the curse. The 12th brother’s jacket was incomplete leaving him with one wing.
The beauty that he held when still a swan was the image I held in my mind and thus transferred to the paper. Eventually, the swan that I used as subject for this portrait, will pass on and this painting will be a testament to its beauty and its life.
I am drawn to imagine the creation of pieces from my thoughts, but the physical building of the piece is my motivation. The act of recording and creating the image I want to preserve.