Today we’d like to introduce you to Gail Greenfield Randall.
Gail, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
For twenty years, I was a painter and illustrator. My art took an unexpected new form when my adored grandmother passed away. She was responsible for teaching me to look for beauty in all the things that surround us. I remember she had a drawer in her bureau that had dividers and each compartment held a little treasure. A sand dollar from her honeymoon, a lock of my mother’s hair, her grandfather’s pocket watch, a pin from the Chicago World’s Fair. I loved it. Looking back, I realize I was looking at an assemblage of her life.
This memory bobbed into my head when she passed away and I suddenly knew exactly where my art needed to go. I love to tell a story with my art and assemblage allowed me to create narratives using objects that I had collected for years or pieces that I make myself.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
By encapsulating a vignette I’ve created, I feel as if I have stopped time. Whatever feelings that assemblage evokes — melancholy, yearning, dread, peace or delight — have been preserved. It’s a snapshot of time and hopefully allows the viewer to escape into a different world for a few moments.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I will say, for me, I have learned to make art for an audience of one — myself. Being true to my own visions have been extremely satisfying and when I stray from creating what feels right to me I am invariably disappointed in the final outcome. Sometimes, when working on a piece and I lose focus or feel stuck, I have learned to set that piece aside and revisit it later. I don’t want to force the process just to finish an assemblage.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have had several shows at Track 16 Gallery where I was featured in two shows and given a permanent installation for three years as well as the Robert Berman Gallery and the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. My work can be viewed on my website www.gailrandall.com.
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Gail Greenfield Randall