The Grey Area
by Kristin Gulledge
Reception: Tue, Jan 14, 6:30-8pm
I play with the idea of a drawing as a finished work of art. In my paintings, I try to leave some areas unfinished; I like seeing a piece of art where the viewer can point out where the artist laid down the first stroke and just left it there, while other areas are thick with layers of paint.
People fascinate me and I find both the physical and psychological journeys of human nature intriguing. This is likely why most of my work is figurative or has some basis resembling people. Meanwhile, words have always been my secret allies; when I have trouble expressing a concept in an image, I can usually first explain it in words. Thus, writing guides my art about the human experience and I enjoy creating the imagery by incorporating texture, metal leaf, and typography.
I love that art is a language anyone can understand and it’s rewarding to hear others’ interpretations. One of the most interesting parts of the process is when someone finds something in my work I hadn’t considered. That adds to my understanding of my own work, which is a very unique experience. When I can create art that is completely personal to me and someone lets me know that it’s become personal to them, that’s one of my greatest rewards as an artist. That’s when I know I’m doing something right.
Kristin Gulledge graduated in December 2012 with an Illustration BFA from BYU, emphasizing in concept art for animation. In 2013 she launched her freelance career as an artist, graphic designer, and photographer. She has had two solo art shows and been a main exhibitor in two others since her BFA show, The Grey Area, and is excited to show it at the Sprague Branch.
Location: Sprague Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8640