Art by Gail Weissman

In my art I am concerned with the parallels between natural phenomena and human consciousness in order to converse about the soul of nature and the nature of the soul. The sublime experience of nature defined by the Northern Romantic tradition of painting in the 19th century in America and Europe contextualizes for me my position, and suggests that in order to experience the landscape in terms of beautiful, awesome, and powerful there must be in the work the presence of the shadow, or a malevolent force that is dangerous, violent, and/or horrific.

This idea of the sublime in nature is also found in our ideas about religion, that we are meant to fear God because the idea of God is awesome to think about and that is humbling, which is supposed to make us a better society. It is fear and danger that often motivates the transformation of consciousness. It can be said that during the most volatile and tumultuous times in history is when some of the best art is produced. This to me is a humbling thought, and one of the great mysteries that surround mans’ existence in the universe.

Through the fear of our precarious position in the universe, we are made aware of how special, wonderful, unique, and rare life really is. It is this uncomfortable, awkward presence of danger and fear married to beauty and harmony in my work that I use to motivate the viewer out of their comfort zone of ideal ideas of safety and beauty and into an alert, edgy awareness that is at times emotional and philosophical.


Gail Weissman Head shot 2012.jpgGail is a professional artist. Her work has appeared in galleries, San Francisco City Hall, and she has contributed to several children’s books and animation. Gail is a New York native and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her art education has included training at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Rhode Island School of Design, John F. Kennedy University, and San Francisco Art Institute. She enjoys surfing and swimming.

 

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