Fragility and Strength, Translucence
Hi, I'm Gill and it's great to have you visit this page!
I'm a mixed media artist working with delicate materials, thin filmy layers of paper and silk, sometimes eco printed, that become resilient when exposed to the encaustic process. I love this paradox. I build up layers including monotype and photographic prints, silk and other fibres and coloured inks.
Nature inspires me. I enjoy making images that evolve as one looks at them, ... sparking associations that develop and deepen. I combine elements that wouldn't normally be seen together, creating a new entity which is meaningful to me.
Recently, I've been building vessels and pebbles out of felt, using wool, silk and organic papers.
My recent work (and I'm passionate about it!) is Joomchi - the traditional Korean art of paper fusing (or paper felting). Once again I'm making a very strong textile from more delicate mulberry papers (Korean Hanji, Japanese Kozo and Nepalese Lotka). The resulting Joomchi is strong enough to form cylindrical vessels. I love to paint and corrode these surfaces. Otherwise metal-like sheets of Joomchi are stitched together to become wall hangings on which I sometimes include an encaustic element.
The cuffs developed naturally through curiosity and experimentation and rely on my past experience of layering organic materials.