by Gypsy Schindler
Dimensions: 96″x 48″,
Media: acrylic and oil on vinyl
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Inspiration for Deep Roots
I am fascinated with transparency of material, image, process, information, ideas, emotions, people, family and society. It is a word that is often thrown around to provoke or produce righteous intention. However the concept is rarely used and understood fully and consciously. This then begs the question, should we be, as human beings, capable of complete transparency.
I feel compelled to ask this question because it seems as though the more desperately an effort is made to cover, mask or disguise intention the more transparent a situation seems to appear. If this is true, rationale would suggest that embracing transparency would eliminate struggle. However, all the emotional, psychological, behavioral, biological and cultural roadblocks make this achievement of transparency extremely difficult.
I use transparency of process to engage the viewer in a search through the images and materials. Through this search, multiple dualities of internal/external, individual/cultural, emotional/intellectual, and physical/metaphysical come into question. The most intriguing duality is where the transparent aspects of the work diffuse clear definition of where the work begins and ends. This brings up the transparency metaphor for the question of where, and more desperately, do, we begin and do we end.
Gypsy Schindler is currently an Assistant Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design. She has been teaching since 2006, and has been instructing in the Drawing/Printmaking department at Kendall since 2008. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1996, been published in several books, magazines and websites. Gypsy has a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design, studied a summer in Florence, Italy at SACI (Student Art Centers International), and then received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Mi in 2007. Her work focuses on the figure, using traditional mixed media processes of drawing and painting, while integrating non-traditional surfaces and installation presentations.