Highlighting ROAM Gallery Artist
Catharine Gellings - Artist
A Little About Me
I think being an Artist is a work I am responsible to accomplish in my life. So I want that task to be my daily job, but if the work I produce won’t ever sustain me monetarily, producing Art will always be a continuous experience of my daily life.
I have found certain truths to be constantly present with me as I perform the “work” of an Artist. I am finding more everyday that these truths are intertwining with the “me” that I am myself am as a human. So I’m not always sure how to separate the essences of Art from the essences of my character, and I’m not sure that I want to. Because I have found that to be an Artist, and to be satisfied with my work (and ultimately myself), I have to honor the truth around me, so see and ponder consistently and respectfully. In many ways then, I have embodied the desire to be honest so that I am always at the ready to make art—but in the practice of doing so I find I am also respecting myself very much. I think this is a good way to live. And I understand that doing this consistently is hard.
Being an Artist is hard. I always feel tired after expending myself into my pictures. It is truly labor. But it is most certainly a labor that produces new life. For that expenditure, I am never sorry. And in reference to what is mentioned above, I feel myself always growing and changing by way of continual exploration.
So please let me introduce some of the principles I think are important to live by as an Artist. In doing so you will see more about how I venture into the world everyday.
Principle 1: Always Seeing.
Art is beautiful. Time-tested Art is beautiful because it honors what is real. But it also honors what is really present in our psyche as well as our physical forms. So again, I think Art is honest. Honest Art sees well, and tells the story of both our mental and physical lives, albeit possibly through imagined forms. And that reflection if honest is moving to the senses.
Principle 2: Always Thinking.
Art causes us to think. So I think, like the job of a teacher, Artist’s too must strive to honor the truths around them, and they must work to communicate those truths with the community. I think that is how we can use our Artistic voices responsibly. Artists must speak honestly and always remember that they will be accountable for the truths they paint. Their voices are changing people. We must be ever thoughtful of it.
Principle 3: Don’t forget Your Story is Worth Sharing.
I think good Art allows newly imagined forms and structures (creation and abstraction) to not separate from the reality of our lived experience. A new creation in Art handled with technical skill, continues to grow and still unfolds after it’s first emotional appearance. Our minds engage in its form and essence, making new emotions grow in us—but the Art still successfully reflects our emotional responses from the initial lived experience that produced the Art. It is amazing and awe-inspiring. I think this process reaffirms that we are alive. We are sensing and thinking. So then it can remind us of our own experiences, and like the art, we also can understand we have a story to tell.
I find that I can’t separate these discovered points from my outlook on life. I think to be a living Artist, a person embodied with the ability and desire to make pictures—that person has to be ever ready and ever present to engage with the outward stimuli that will ultimately “give birth” to the next piece. An artist has to be ever-seeing and ever honest. Finally, truly, most importantly, an Artist has to remember that the story presenting itself is one which is worthy to be told.
When the Artist honors that story and strives to tell it honestly, the Artist humbles themselves before the creative process. Then in that process of creating, the Artist themselves experience the stretching of making things new—again.
Again and again…
I think this is a representation of who I am.
Thank you for taking the time to read through a description of my thought processes. Thank you for considering my works on display here. It’s my hope that the works produced may also bring new and exciting thoughts to you as a viewer. I hope you may feel ease to approach them. But I also hope you may feel a daily challenge as you gaze upon them, so that you also may experience the processes of growth that make us better people.
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