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Gail H Rothschild
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: As artist and rock climber, my work is a muscular, tactile exploration of the physical world. Dynamic movement in space. Ropes and knots become lifelines that interconnect, weaving multiple levels of meaning. My series of Fabrication paintings begin with the basic program of an interlocking unit that implies an infinite pattern. It may be denatured by the intervention of a stress either tensile or compressive. I have no preconception of a composition; the field cannot help but grow organically. What grows also decays; what is interlocked will also unravel. The final painting expresses these realities of nature and culture. The world is and is (k)not. Tied through history, textile as common craft and painting as high art reflect the problematic privileging of human creation. By painting the de-fabrication of textiles, the work challenges notions of artistic expression and the hierarchies that are woven into our collective consciousness. Hanging off a cliff by one’s fingertips is less scary than striking out across a vast canvas. Yet it is in the risk-taking, the tackling of challenges that I discover new routes and master new techniques. Transitioning from public sculptor to studio painter has led me in profound directions as my bodies of work converge and my body as work enters the picture. My series of Climberscapes deconstruct a video self-portrait and then re-animate it as a painting where the multiple figures describe a landscape like a Chinese scroll.
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  • 1336-1327 BC (I)
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    Portraits of Ancient Linen: Based on photographs of archaeological fragments of linen thousands of years old. From nature to culture and back again. An image of process, unravelling and decay.

  • 1336-1327 BC (II)
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    Portraits of Ancient Linen: Based on photographs of archaeological fragments of linen thousands of years old. From nature to culture and back again. An image of process, unravelling and decay.

  • 1336-1327 BC (III)
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    Portraits of Ancient Linen: Based on photographs of archaeological fragments of linen thousands of years old. From nature to culture and back again. An image of process, unravelling and decay.

  • 2353-2323 BC
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas
    Portraits of Ancient Linen: Based on photographs of archaeological fragments of linen thousands of years old. From nature to culture and back again. An image of process, unravelling and decay.

  • Romantic Landscape After Thomas Cole
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas

  • Rapture After Tiepolo (Pink)
    2012
    Acrylic on canvas

  • Rapture After Tiepolo (Gold)
    2011
    Acrylic on canvas

  • Cheena Vala
    2012
    Acrylic on Arches paper

  • Making Landscapes Acceptable Subjects for Serious Paintings
    2011
    Acrylic on Arches paper

  • Tsunami
    2011
    Acrylic on Arches paper

  • Webmaster II
    2012
    Acrylic on Arches paper

  • Philosopher Stone
    2010
    Acrylic on linen
    From a series of large paintings. A fabricated landscape that explores the muscular physicality of a climber's vertiginous space.

  • Boulder Problem #3
    Charcoal, ink and watercolor on Arches paper

  • Boulder Problem #12
    Charcoal, ink and watercolor on Arches paper

  • Rhizome
    2009
    Watercolor
    One of a series of Rhizome paintings, embroideries, and animations. In botany, a rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground and often sends out roots and shoots from its

  • Rhizome (plan view)
    2009
    Acrylic on linen
    One of a series of Rhizome paintings, embroideries, and animations. In botany, a rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground and often sends out roots and shoots from its

  • Isle Of Skye II
    2008
    Watercolor and Graphite

  • Penelope Installation Proposal
    1998
    Paper, Ink
    From a series of drawings, paintings, etc. that examine Penelope in the Odyssey as the type of the self-erasing woman artist. In this project text referring to Penelope is taken from the Odyssey and s

  • Climberscape 2
    2009
    Acrylic and Ink on Velllum
    One of a series of self-portrait paintings, drawings and animations that make up the Climberscape series. Each begins with a video that is deconstructed into individual figures and re-constructed as p

  • The Fall
    2010
    Acrylic and Ink on Velllum
    One of a series of self-portrait paintings, drawings and animations that make up the Climberscape series. Each begins with a video that is deconstructed into individual figures and re-constructed as p
 








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