Fredonia, New York
Currently a senior attending SUNY Fredonia, Gina is working towards a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. Her work focuses on what the fear of loss, the fear of disease, and the fear of having no control over the inevitable can do to a singular individual, but most importantly to a family. Primarily, her work has become a tool in which she can build shelter for herself, emotionally, but also a tool for building her own strength. Art has been her best friend for a solid seventeen years.
Of the piece selected for Women Create, Gina says:
“Beavers are hardworking, family oriented creatures. They are known to be a helpful engineer to ecosystems, and are task based animals. These qualities are qualities which I see in my family members. Thus, I have chosen the Eurasian Beaver to act as the portrait of family.
“I chose these particular media because I have a very strong desire to build something from nothing. Clay is the most natural way to do this, and conceptually it makes sense. Beavers are creatures of mud. I find that muslin reminds me of childhood, and when families are so strongly bound. It was important to me to use it as the body for the piece. It is delicate, and rewarding to touch, and over time wears to softness, whilst maintaining its sturdy origins. I have chosen to use wood as the pieces which pierce through the beaver’s head and tail because wood is the beaver’s job, and something of familiarity, but sometimes these things can hurt us as individuals, without knowing it, and often by the time we realize it, it has become too late. This work is about my father and how hard he has worked to overcome any obstacle and remain the rock of my family. It is about feeling the fear of losing him or a loved one to their work and having that realization. It is about the moment in which this hits any one person. It becomes a heavy, crippling weight that affects every part of you, particularly your mind. The work is about this instant and the anxiety that comes from it.”