"I paint the internal and external landscapes of my memories and memory loss while contemplating the remembering and forgetting, and the subsequent embodying and disembodying that transpires in all of us. Re-remembering, environment, emotions, expectations, presence, trauma, illness, and change all contribute to our minds and embodiment.
My paintings are a mix of abstraction and representation, using acrylic and oil on canvas, board, and paper. My process begins with stream-of-consciousness writing-- allowing feelings, places, and objects to arise from any part of my past. These interpretations generate the emotional materialization for each painting, and their abandon to specific historical narratives- a plant from yesterday,
fruit from a decade ago, a religious symbol from childhood, or feelings from a teenage dream. The clear and hazy, the near and far converge exploring our ever-changing woven portrayals.
****During the global pandemic, my painting practice has changed. My stream-of-conscious writing is based on presence. It captures what's in front of me, what arrises after meditation, and the mix of emotions I am feeling throughout a day. The work is more abstract, helping me to emote and process this soul-stirring time."
Gigi Boetto is a painter in New York City, where she has lived for over 20 years. Gigi holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Raised in a small, homogeneously white town on an island on an inland lake in the middle of Wisconsin, memories of her childhood are present in much of her work. Having explored many mediums over the years, she finds two-dimensional compositions an additional challenge in containment, constraint, and rhythm. Gigi has been a dedicated painter since 2014.