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Jacqueline Gelfuso Gallo

“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 

I am an artist because it is an incontestable part of my being. My first love is drawing and the human figure is my inspiration. I have discovered that drawing is really an intricate part of any artwork. It is my contention that drawing becomes the initial creative response to inspiration. It is through drawing, that I have found a way to navigate and explore my own methods of painting. It is crucial to my work that line acts as my drawing tool. I focus on line quality to describe the structure of the body. In some areas of my paintings, I allow the initial drawing to show through. I begin with a sketch of the figure in vine charcoal and instinctively know when some lines become more important than others. This allows me to paint and draw simultaneously.

As an artist, it is my job to ‘find’ just the right line in order to describe the form I am depicting. Once I have the found the correct line, it becomes emotional, a sensation, as if my eyes have been closed the whole time, and just then, have opened to reveal the reality of what is in front of me. Intimacy has become an important element within my two dimensional works. For example, working on large-scale paintings requires the involvement of my entire body. The canvas acts as drawing paper, which is either stretched or stapled directly on the wall. I am physically with it throughout the entire process which develops the intensity of reality. Self-portraits, for instance, have been the solution in my attempt to understand my emotions. Like a visual journal, painting myself documents who I am in various moments of my life.

Since the human form exists as a main presence in my works in a variety of ways, I aim to incorporate the idea of the human experience within the living world. It is through the exploration of the human form and the human experience within the natural world that I will find my next series. I will develop this idea by utilizing specific imagery, that which I have perceived to represent and embody the energies around me in nature.

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