Professionally and personally I am connected to a handful of local and global communities, including the art world, academia, the women's movement, and the yoga community. As part of my long-time yoga practice, I meditate. As I do I sometimes get a vivid image of a completed artwork before I create it. At other times, I have either a visual concept (like an image, shape and/or color) in mind, or a linguistic idea, (such as a particular word or phrase) that inspires me, and as I make a piece or a series of works, I meditate on it.
While painting, I lean on all aspects of myself...my artist, academic, feminist, and spiritual identities to create works that are often combinations of geometric and gestural abstraction with text fragments. When using text, I typically write in white paint directly on a piece. I do it as a nod to French feminist writer and philosopher Helene Cixous. In her famous "Le rire de la méduse" ("The Laugh of the Medusa"), she encourages women to use white ink to write themselves into history, hence, into being.
Gina Dominique Hersey
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