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Fine Art by Gillian Kennedy Wright

My daily life experience is fueled by my frequent travel adventures. I am influenced by culture, people, color and aerial shapes. Body language, facial expressions, cultural innuendoes are always stimulating and influencing my artistic perspective.
My heritage as a Jamaican, Canadian and now American shifts as I encounter these characteristics across the globe. My mixed media multicultural portraits, grouped patterns and flora are the driving force behind my fiber collage collections.
I explore the power behind the line. How they transform into a shape and how the shape morphs into a design. Distinct, but simple lines flanked by a bold evolving graphic lexicon of shapes, inspire my design world. The transformation of abstracted simple lines into shapes are integral to my art.

 



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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Travel Patterns Series

Life experience has influenced my art. Constant travel and “doodling” have become an integral part of my life. I am inspired by aerial patterns of landscape. Distinct, graphics and bold color, enhanced by expressive line exploration, are seen throughout this series, as these are the portrayal of my travel memories.


Travel Patterns Arrival 1

Pen and ink on wooden panels

Life experience has influenced my art. Constant travel and “doodling” have become an integral part of my life. I am inspired by aerial patterns of landscape. Distinct, graphics and bold color, enhanced by expressive line exploration, are seen throughout this series, as these are the portrayal of my travel memories.

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Labrish

Adjective. labrish (comparative more labrish, superlative most labrish) (Jamaica, dialectal) Talkative, gossipy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come see mi

Mixed Media Collage

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Come see mi and live wid mi

Mixed Media Collage

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Come see mi and live wid mi is two different tings

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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Secrets

Its from my lips to your ears...

 

From my lips to...

Mixed Media Collage

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From my lips to yours...

Mixed Media Collage

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