Artists’ Statement

My art is made from modest earthy & found materials. Choosing forms and media instinctively, I use contour, structure, texture, and other elements as vocabulary in making objects and installations. Maybe these can concentrate or distill impressions, feelings, associations, & ideas, so as to hint at the awesome mystery of life on the planet, and the passage of time, which is what I imagine my work is ultimately about.

My muse is the world of physical materials and space, both natural and human-made. Sometimes the materials I’m drawn to suggest a form, or a structure, or an idea. Or sometimes a shape seen out in the world is so compelling that I must imitate it, and then riff on it in different variations until I’m just done with it. Wood, decaying plants, dirt, bone, the remains of broken and discarded things washed ashore – these are elemental and resonant. Acted on by time & the world, their surfaces reveal something about their history; growth habits, life, death, & decay. Or the life cycle of a made or manufactured object – conception, manufacture, who used it, what befell it over time, etc. In my artwork, existing surfaces are used in places, and other parts are subjected to processes that mimic various aging processes.

I fashion things by hand using ancient techniques (basketry, joinery, sewing & weaving) which are profoundly rich in meaning & feeling. They are a connection to our ancestors, and indication of the thread of ingenuity that runs through our shared history. The resulting objects and installations combine qualities inherent in the materials themselves with the familiarity of traditional crafts. I want them to appear as some kind of hybrids of human- and nature-made, to suggest both the known and the unknown.  

 

 

 

 

Gina Telcocci Bio

Gina’s artwork has been exhibited widely across the US, Mexico, and in South Korea. Public commissions include the University of New Mexico/Los Alamos, Walnut Creek Library, and the recently renovated Potrero Hill Library, in San Francisco, CA. Telcocci has created temporary installations for public and private sites such as First Plaza, Albuquerque, NM; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Pojoaque Pueblo and San Jose Canyon, NM; and for the City of Oakland’s Cultural Art Dept. programs. Telcocci has received numerous grants and awards, from, among others, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the City Of Oakland. Her work is represented by GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA, & Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.