"Memory loss can haunt, like phantoms sheltering within our senses. My painting practice began as a needed outlet for this depletion. After much reading and research, it became clear that most humans' memories are far from accurate. We ceaselessly weave and unravel our entwined portrayals. One example- every time we recall a memory, we change it slightly. What is real, what makes us, us? Navigating life's continued erasures and reconstructions, I paint the internal landscapes of life's constant liminality.
The work is abstract, applying acrylic, oil, and pencil on canvas, panel, and paper. I use my hands, no brushes. The process begins with free association writing(like non-linear, meditative journaling), capturing immediate feelings and surroundings, vivid and blurry memories, dreams, and future ruminations. Each scribbling becomes the foundation for every piece while maintaining a physical and emotional presence throughout the painting process. In writing, I instinctually search for answers, while painting keeps me questioning. This process allows for the aliveness that is each painting."
Gigi holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin and moved to New York City in 1999.
Gigi owned a gallery in Brooklyn before the financial crisis in 2008 forced its closing. After exploring many mediums and artistic outlets over the years, she began her dedicated painting practice in 2013.