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Gabrielle Strong

Vernon, Canada

Majoring in the Visual Arts, in 2015 I completed my BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC. My practice is split between painting, ceramics, and more recently public art. Prior to attending Emily Carr, I spent five exciting years traveling to over 70 countries on all seven continents by sea on a luxury cruise-liner, leaving me with a deep connection to the ocean. Those years at sea have left their mark and coupled with 20 years living on the Pacific West Coast, I am forever drawn to themes of water and reflection, which reoccur throughout my art practice.
Public Art: I was recently awarded a major public art commission to create a participatory public work of art commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, the City of Vernon and the Downtown Vernon Association, with the help of the community, the artwork was created over the summer of 2017 and at 156 feet long, Mosaic River was successfully installed in downtown Vernon’s Cenotaph Park, summer 2018.
Seascapes: Since relocating to the Okanagan, I have found that my seascapes have taken on a more dream-like quality as they are products of my memories, rather than my current view. Where many find the coastal rains dreary and depressing, I find beauty in big monochromatic skies and have always sought solace in the quietude. Click here to check out a selection of my paintings.
Ceramics: Following graduation I embarked on a six-month ceramics artist residency through Caetani Cultural Centre’s CeramAiR Program at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. There I further explored my painting practice and specifically the canvas through the medium of clay. These sculptural works reference the canvas while offering an examination into the materiality and temporality of the painted surface. While some speak directly of loss, others are more generative and touch on past themes I’ve worked on, such as pattern and fragmentation. As I continue to work with fabric and clay as an extension of my paintbrush, liquid clay replaces paint as my medium, and the natural draping of clay soaked cotton become my brushstrokes.
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