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Fine Art by Gillian Kennedy Wright

My art encompasses two bold diverse themes, the whimsical illustrations on one hand and on the other hand the more serious fiber art themes.
On the more serious side…of my work are my fiber art pieces. I am drawn to more in-depth minimalistic, bold, textural exploration of multicultural portraiture. Yes, we are truly one people, in mind and thought but are just separated by geographically imposed extensions of our thoughts and ideologies. I seek to explore, capture and create statements of harmony making meaningful life statements through a myriad of faces.
As an avid gardener I am intrigued by and enjoy exploring the details of plants and showing “the what if’s” of their existence in different forms. World architectural forms, curves, patterns, color and shapes make bold statements in our landscapes. As we “capture” and try to “tame” our environment, architecture is entwined with plants and us as a people. What if they were portrayed in a different color? What if they had different textures from the norm? What if their shapes were explored and reconfigured? This is the essence of my themes as I develop various series that intermingle with each other.

 



Cultural Facets

Jamaica the land of my birth has an insightful motto “Out of Many One People” Cultural Facets is an ongoing explorative collection of faces and of what’s makes me us “one people”...?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cultural Facets: Out Of

Mixed Media Collage

The migrant tendencies of our people whether imposed or optional; imparts a history of a people. “Out of…” captures our history by using fabrics from around the world. Traditional African fabric, controversial Dutch African fabric, silk from India, tie & dye fabric from the Pacific and commercial North American fabrics made in the United States and also China. In essence, as a people, what are we really made “Out of…”?

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Cultural Facets: Many

Mixed Media Collage

As we interact and intermarry the “complexion” of our lives change. Children naturally take on the different facial characteristics, color and persona of each parent and become create their own sense of self the new blended persona. “Many” explores the concept of how new creations are formed as we meld together. Color is not discussed but becomes a natural phenomenon.

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Cultural Facets: One People

Mixed Media Collage

As we migrate and spread our arms across the world we become “One People”. Culminating the focus and concept of “Out of Many One People”. It’s not about race, color or creed but about oneness of mind and thought; our melding of clothes and diverse cultures, lead to a new sense of self and style. This establishes and embraces a true togetherness of “One People.”

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Caladium Impressions

Caladiums are heart shaped tropical plants that live both in the interior and exterior of buildings. Plants constantly color and shape our environment and indirectly influences our interaction and behavior. This series plays with the color and forms of the caladium leaves.

 

Caladium Impressions

Mixed Media Collage

Although a caladium leaf makes a bold, bright distinctive statement; it is also subtle and fragile. The collection of mixed media water color, thread, fabric, fiber, semi-precious stones are use as collaged materials. Seeks to go beyond the mere visual perception of the plant but explores our sensory reaction to it existence.

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Caladium Impressions: Rays of Hope

Mixed Media Collage

Life, plant life create a “Ray of Hope” to the onlooker. We often do not spend enough time looking beyond the obvious. If we look, and see beyond the very thing before our eyes are can honestly believe and see in the new “Ray of Hope” we are given daily.

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Sisal Series

Sisal/Agave plant produces “Honey water” which sweetens, strengthens and intoxicates as well as energies the heart. It is a perennial just like people we weather the various storms of life and keep coming back recreating ourselves in art, and entwining with our surroundings.


Sisal Fretwork Series: "Sisal Sunrise"

Mixed Media Collage

Sisal or the agave plant is sharp and soft at the same time. Sisal is literally used to make a strong rope, which serves as an indomitable binding force for materials. Figuratively, exploring/linking/intermingling sisal and fretwork a bold curvaceous architectural statement like art melds my Caribbean historical cultural life experiences.

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