Work by Peter R. Root and Jacqueline Gelfuso Gallo
The pieces selected for this show are 3-dimensional ‘sculpture-paintings’ and reflect my deep interest in both painting and building things. I start conceptualizing an image spacially, similarly to a topographic map. Through numerous iterations, the ‘layers’ are drawn and refined. Individually many are completely abstract but of course, they need to work together. All the while I’m designing the structure that ties everything together, generally behind the scene.
Only when the ‘sculpture’ is fully assembled do I begin the painting. Painting is almost diametrically opposite the first part in that now I’m pulling the parts back together.
I’m intrigued with the idea that there is never a single, fixed point from which to view these pieces- as one moves around, different aspects become more or less clear and the whole only fully materializes in the viewers minds eye.
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"Merely to see... is not enough. It is necessary to have a fresh, vivid, physical contact with the object you draw through as many of the senses as possible – and especially through the sense of touch." Kimon Nicolaides
My current series explores the interconnectivity of the natural world, the spiritual world, and the human world by combining traditional and modern techniques of image-making. Inspired by ancient folklore, New England heritage, and the branching, growing, layered gifts of the Earth, I strive to stimulate curiosity and inspire a deeper connection to the natural beauty and wonder around us.
The Tree Tarot is an in-progress concept tarot deck that Jackie is currently developing. The imagery incorporates her love of trees, as well as the ancient symbolism and significance of the selected species as it relates to each card. Her plan is to complete and publish the 78 cards within the next year or two. Her dream is to send a percentage of the profits to organizations that directly benefit forests and encourage deeper education, appreciation, and protection of forests for generations to come.