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Celia Gerard

BIOGRAPHY


Celia Gerard’s imagery is derived from a developing language of shapes that collide with traces of memory. Exploring the lines of form and structure, Gerard’s process uses the grid as a foundation for adding and subtracting layers of spatial relationships. From piece to piece, the grounds of each individual work oscillate between the lightest light and a mesmerizing darkness. This balance combines materiality with elements of a mysterious state of limitless potential. The multiplicity of Gerard’s mark making turns in on itself, creating a prismatic reflection that strikes a sense of quiet mindful awe. Gerard’s wide-ranging influences include Islamic architecture, graffiti, crystal formations, and the works of composer John Cage and artist Georges Braque.


Drawn from works by Augustine and poet Jorie Graham, Gerard’s work pays homage to both historical and contemporary influences, while also referencing a sense of being in between the unknown and the known. Within Gerard’s works, the eye takes timeless journeys through prismatic fields and landscapes. Bruce Gagnier, one of Gerard’s mentors, describes the work this way:


“Celia Gerard draws in depth, a plastic, pictorial depth; forming volumes in space based on geometry; perhaps the geometry that is hidden in nature. The space we travel through in these works is palpable in the drawing and resonant in our unconscious. Looking at one of these works is a journey to an important place located on the picture plane; a focal point; we are guided to this locus, far from the surface; a somewhere else; an important place to arrive at after a poetic journey; a place deep in space; but with no named presence; focused finally in ourselves.”                 


 


Celia Gerard (b. 1973, Washington, D.C) received her BA with honors in art and art history from Colgate University, her EdM from Harvard University, and her MFA in sculpture from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.  She has exhibited her work at the National Academy Museum, New York, NY; Lori Bookstein Gallery, New York, NY; Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY; Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The New York Studio School, New York, NY; Gutman Library, Harvard University, MA; Lacoste Gallery, Lacoste, France; ISA Gallery, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy and numerous other galleries around the world. Awards and grants include the S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award for graphics from the National Academy Museum; Artist-in-residence, the New York Studio School; Seligman/ Von Simpson award for excellence in sculpture; LCU foundation grant; and a sculpture fellowship from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her work has been written about in ARTnews, Parabola, works & conversation, and City Arts.  She is currently teaching drawing at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts, and has taught at Pratt, Bard College, Swarthmore, the New York Studio School, Centenary College and Riker’s Island Correctional Facility. She lives and works in New York City.