My artist interview for week 14 is Rachel Gehrke.
I was not able to talk to Gehrke in person, so I will be basing most of this post on her statement. Gehrke’s art is based on the concept of spirit animals. She is trying to connect humans and animals together and support the belief that humans and animals are both a part of nature. That they are bot equal and neither one is superior to another. She is mesmerized by the lines in nature and she tries to capture an image of an animal and scenery that goes well together. Line is something that Gehrke uses to support and build reality. She wants to convey a sense of mystery in her work.
When I look at her artwork, I really get the sense of mystery and a feeling of outer space. The black and white colors goes well with each other to create a dark night sky made of jelly fishes and zebras. My favorite part of her art is the night sky. The sparkles of stars in the sky really caught my eye. I also liked the details put into drawing the zebras and how their stripes connect with the jellyfish floating around the paper. At first I thought it was strange how Gehrke used a Zebra and jellyfish together in her painting, but as I spend more time looking at it, I realized that they go really well together. The jellyfish tentacles fusing with the zebra stripes. Over all I thought the drawing was cool and it really stood out to me in the gallery.