Tina Gibbard

In my paintings I engage the viewer in the landscapes, psychologically involving them in scenes which seem frozen, silent, yet with the anticipation of unknown events to come. The paintings are timeless, with no figures or modern buildings shown to give guidance as to the date of the scene. They also feature unusual viewpoints - looking out from the middle of a lake, or gazing upwards through trees, to highlight the isolation and the oddness of the scenes. I have depicted isolated areas of rural Finland, near Lapland where my family is from. Following artists' residencies, I have also painted scenes based on Iceland and Maine. In the most recent series of paintings, completed in 2010 whilst studying at Chelsea College of Art, I am still using nature, but in a different way . These paintings involve bringing what rightly belongs outside, into an interior. I have been exploring this idea through depicting wallpaper, which itself has the pattern of flowers and trees and hints at an exterior world. I have added insects and animals, and elemental forces such as fire and water, to give these interiors a life of their own. The spatial construction of the paintings alters as these natural elements creep and flow. There is a lack of control in these interiors, a hint at forces quietly working to their own agenda, without the inhabitants of the house knowledge. Boundaries are being crossed between the living and the dead, artificial and non-artificial, interior and exterior. read full statement

Location London
Website http://www.tinagibbard.com

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  • Solo show

    15/12/2014 – 07/02/2015
    Howden Park Arts Centre, Livingston, Scotland

    Solo show December 2014 - February 2015

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