Whiteley Center Art Residency Art
GJ Gillespie Art
Native Oaks Series
SAN JUAN ISLAND ART RESIDENCY REPORT PART ONE
Art made during 5 day Residency sponsored by the University of Washington in August 2022.
We chose to focus our creative efforts on the ancient Oak Trees that grow on San Juan Island.
|Native Oaks #3 by GJ Gillespie.|
GETTING THERE and ART PROCESSES
Teresa R Gillespie Art
|Native Oak Figure G2 by GJ Gillespie.
|Oak Leaf Print by Teresa Gillespie.|
NATIVE OAKS SERIES
The Garry Oak is a beautiful tree that has been an integral part of the northwest landscape for centuries. The unique design of oak leaves has been used in art for thousands of years, and the acorns were always valuable food source for tribal peoples.
Today, Oak trees are still revered by many artists and creatives. The distinct shape of the leaves makes them ideal subjects for graphic design and modern art. And the acorns continue to be a food stuff for oak tree enthusiasts.
Let us continue to honor these ancient trees by using them in our art and respecting their value as age old features of native culture that speak of our love of the natural environment.
When white settlers arrived in this part of the world, native people had been devastated by European diseases, leaving many villages empty. My art is offered to cause the viewer to pause and remember what we have done to these gentle and artistic people who once thrived in these lands.
In this series I made a template of an oak leaf to frame scenes of San Juan Islands in Washington state.
I also framed early 19th century photographs (now in the public domain) of northwest native Americans inside the oak leaf design to remind us of the century old connection between indigenous peoples and the natural world.
|Garry Oak Tree at UW Research labs Compound.|
|San Juan Garry Oak |
by GJ Gillespie in a Leda sketchbook.
|Ancient Tree by the Sea. |
|Native Garry Oak, San Juan Island. |
Mixed media collage on canvas. 14 x 11. Aug 2022.
|Oak Leaf Expression by GJ Gillespie. |
|Oak Leaf Visions 2 by GJ Gillespie.|
|Oak Leaf Visions 11 by GJ Gillespie.|
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