My art is made from humble, earthy, & found materials. Choosing forms and media intuitively, and working formally, I use contour, structure, texture, and other elements as vocabulary in making objects and installations. Maybe these objects can concentrate or distill impressions, feelings, associations, & ideas, so as to get at the awesomeness & mystery of life as a human on the planet, which is what I imagine my work is ultimately about.
Materials are chosen intuitively from those that present themselves in my world (drift-plywood, found objects, willow, roots, etc.) Sometimes the materials suggest a form, or a structure, or an idea. Or sometimes a shape seen out in the world is so compelling that I must imitate it, and then riff on it in different variations until I’m just done with it. Natural materials & discarded junk are acted on by time & the world. Their surfaces reveal something about their history; growth habits – life, death, & decay; or the life cycle of a made or manufactured object – conception, manufacture, who used it, what befell it over time, etc. Ancient processes of making (basketry, joinery, sewing & weaving) are profoundly rich in meaning & feeling. They are a connection to ancestors, and indication of the thread of ingenuity that runs through our shared humanoid history.
Gina’s artwork has been exhibited widely across the US, Mexico, and in South Korea. Public commissions include the University of New Mexico/Los Alamos, Walnut Creek Library, and the recently renovated Potrero Hill Library, in San Francisco, CA. Telcocci has created temporary installations for public and private sites such as First Plaza, Albuquerque, NM; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Pojoaque Pueblo and San Jose Canyon, NM; and for the City of Oakland’s Cultural Art Dept. programs. Telcocci has received numerous grants and awards, from, among others, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the City Of Oakland. Her work is represented by GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA, and Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
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